Willis T. Fox

January 21, 1937September 14, 2013
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Willis T. Fox, 76, of Brownwood, TX, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are being handled through Davis-Morris Funeral Home, Brownwood. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 17, from 6 to 8 PM, with a Rosary being recited at 7 PM at the funeral home. A Communion Service will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 10:30 AM, at St. Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Brownwood. Interment will be at Eastlawn Memorial Park, Early, TX.

Willis was born on January 21, 1937, in rural Cannon Falls, MN, to William A. and Pearl R. (Lundell) Fox. He married Jolene Herman in Hastings, MN, on August 6, 1955. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and served at Camp Pendelton, in Japan and in the Philippines from 1955 to 1959.

Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, in addition to farming 80 acres in rural Cannon Falls, Willis worked for 3M Company working in maintenance as a production supervisor and as a Human Resources Manager until his retirement in 1994. While with 3M, Willis transferred to several plants across the country, helping the plants increase productivity and be more successful, all the while raising seven children with his wife.

Willis was an active member of St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church where he served on the Knights of Columbus, along with many other duties and projects. After retirement, he enjoyed his part-time, post-retirement job at Stanley Dodge in Brownwood.

In addition to traveling and working in the yard, Willis thoroughly enjoyed being the definition of “Grandpa” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, using this particular skill to convince Grandma to make malts and popcorn for “the grandkids.”

Survivors include Jolene, his wife of 58 years; his children, Joan (Dan) Oberhaus, Davenport, IA, Craig (Sharon) Fox, Early, TX, Don (Lisa) Fox, Port Byron, IL, Laurie (Bob) Smith, East Moline, IL, Mary Wofford, Brownwood, TX, Barb (Jim) Sides, Palacios, TX, and Diane (Scott) Hackney, Early, TX; 20 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Wallace (Janet) Fox, Anaheim, CA; a sister, Mary (Eddie) Hanson, Cannon Falls, MN; many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, designated for the building of the new Parish Hall. Condolences may be left for the family at


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 17, 2013
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, September 17, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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Denise Dreifurst

September 17, 2013

Mrs. Fox and Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one. I was so saddened for you, when I heard of your husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, etc. passing. Please know that I am thinking of you. It has been so many years, but I do remember Mr. Fox as a very loving family man.....a father........a neighbor. I enjoyed seeing him in your photo gallery. Denise R. Dreifurst {Guinn}

Terry Ottens

September 17, 2013

I enjoyed learning and working with Willis at the Cordova,IL plant in the 70's. He was an excellent role model for my remaining 36 years at 3M. I'm sure that he was a great husband , dad ,and grandpa !!

Terry Ottens ( Fulton,Il )

John Rozelle

September 17, 2013

My heartfelt condolences on Willis' passing. Willis was a great man and neighbor. Prayers for peace and comfort at this time.

Tom Fox

September 17, 2013

Jolene we will all miss Willis. Just thinking of Willis brings a tear to my eye for sadness but a smile to my face for all the good memories I have. God bless all of you.

Gilbert Cron

September 17, 2013

Jolene and Family: Our thoughts are with you at this time. Heaven has gained another Marine to guard the Streets. Thanks for your friendship. We'll always remember our days in San Diego on Upshur Drive and the good memories we have while in the Corps. Willis was my friend and my buddy. Our loss is Heavens gain and some day, we'll meet again. God Bless you and keep you and your family.
Gil and Pat Cron Friend Nebraska.

Sharon & Warren Murray

September 17, 2013

Warnie and I send you and your family, our deepest sympathy. We love you and think of you often as a very dear old friend. We have many maeories of the old days, that we will always cherish. You are in our prayers.

David Sparks

September 17, 2013

The world lost a wonderful person, I'm so deeply saddened for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you forever, may The Lord lift your spirits today.

Kathi Brooker

September 17, 2013

Jolene and Kids, Willis was a wonderful man. I will always remember him saying "Galdangit". My prayers are with you all.

Bob & Mary (Herman) Schweich

September 17, 2013

You all lost such a wonderful guy and us a wonderful brother-in-law.. His humor will never be forgotten. Please know we are with you all in heart and prayers. Love you all so much.

Rog & Joyce Moritz

September 17, 2013

Jolene & Family. Rog & I are sending are deepest condolences to all of you. You are in our prayers. Love To All Of You.