SSgt Tyler James Fox
SSgt Tyler James Fox, 29, of Merrillville (formerly of Winamac), passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017.
Tyler was born on Feb. 15, 1988, in Winamac, to Timothy James and Patricia L. (Yuill) Fox. He was a 2007 graduate of Winamac Community High School where he was active in wrestling and soccer. Tyler enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007, graduating from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, and was a distinguished veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was first stationed on board Kings Bay Submarine Base, Georgia, and while there graduated from Marksman School.
On June 20, 2009, Tyler married his high school sweetheart, Kayla Jean Parish, in North Judson. In 2010, he was stationed with the 1st Battalion 5th Marine Regiment (1/5) on board Camp Pendleton, California. Tyler was first deployed with the 1/5 Sniper Battalion to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where he served seven months and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for saving the lives of many of his comrades. In 2012, he graduated from Scout Sniper Course on board Camp Pendleton and later was deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in the Pacific Ocean. Tyler returned home (to California) in May of 2013 and he and Kayla welcomed their firstborn son, Wyatt Jameson.
In 2014, Tyler was deployed to Marine Rotational Force, Darwin, Australia, where he served as Chief Scout of the Scout Sniper Platoon. In 2015, he graduated from Marine Corps Recruiting Command Recruiters School and began working as a Marine Recruiter in Valparaiso. This duty allowed him to be home with his wife and young son. The following year, Tyler and Kayla welcomed their second-born son, Hudson Grey. Tyler was currently serving as a Marine Corp Recruiter in La Porte — inspiring young men and women to serve our country. Despite his numerous achievements in the Marine Corps, he was a humble man who through his natural leadership influenced many young people from Winamac to follow in his footsteps in joining the military.
Tyler was an amazing young man, with an infectious laugh and was always the life of the party. He was an avid runner and enjoyed participating in marathons. He also enjoyed home brewing beer with his dad & brother-in-law and aspired to one day open his own brewery. Tyler’s greatest joy in life was his two sons and his family. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandson and nephew. Tyler will be deeply missed by his family, friends and comrades.
Survivors include his wife Kayla Jean (Parish) Fox and sons: Wyatt Jameson and Hudson Grey Fox of Merrillville; parents Timothy James and Patricia L. (Yuill) Fox of Winamac; sisters: Jennifer [Jesse] Evans of Ft. Wayne, and Taryn [Jason] Lewis of Delphi; brother Evan [Gina] Fox of Crown Point; niece and nephews: Zee, Natasha, Xander and Anton; maternal grandparents Clement and Beverly Yuill of Batavia, Illinois; father and mother-in-law Willie and Nonie Parish of Winamac; sister-in-law Morgan Parish of Winamac; and brothers-in-law Christopher Parish of Winamac, and Jared Parish of Winamac.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Donald James and Beverly Jean Fox.
Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Church of the Heartland, Winamac. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Church of the Heartland, with Chaplain Greg VanHeukelom, USAF, officiating. Burial with full military honors will take place at Winamac Cemetery in Winamac.
Memorial contributions may be made to a fund established at Alliance Bank for his sons Wyatt and Hudson or Winamac VFW Post #1728.
Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 27, 2017)