|Floyd F. "Foxy" Fox|
|October 06, 1922 - August 05, 2010|
|Rock Island, Illinois
|Visitation: 5-7 pm, Monday, August 09, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, IL|
|Funeral Service: 11 am, Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, IL|
|Interment: Private , at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island |
|Floyd F. “Foxy” Fox, 87, of Rock Island, died Thursday, August 5, 2010 at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island. Services for Mr. Fox will be 11 am Tuesday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030-7th Avenue, Rock Island. Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military rites will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association or to the Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church.
Floyd was born October 6, 1922 in Estelline, South Dakota, the son of Louis Franklin Fox and Triena Bruzer Fox. He married Arleen Merrick on December 31, 1943 at St. John’s Methodist Church, Davenport. She preceded him in death on May 2, 2002. He later married Juanita Miller on February 14, 2004 at Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2010.
Foxy worked at the Rock Island Arsenal from 1942 to 1943. He then worked for Farm Services from 1945 to 1947 and Bottle Gas Incorporation, Stampings Incorporation, which is now known as Hon Industries, from 1947 to 1965. He returned to the Rock Island Arsenal in 1965 until retiring in 1983. While working at the Arsenal, he spent four tours of duty in Viet Nam as a weapon specialist in aircraft armament during 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1970.
Foxy was inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1943. He was a Motor Machinist Mate aboard the U.S.S. LSM-211 until December 23, 1945. While aboard the U.S.S. LSM-211, the ship was hit by a torpedo off the coast of Iwo Jima. While his ship was dead in the water, 300 yards away from shore, he observed the raising of the American Flag atop Mount Suribachi. Foxy was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1945.
His memberships include Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church, Milan American Legion Post No. 569, the Plus 60 Club and he was a former member of Grace Methodist Church, Davenport. Foxy was a private pilot who flew with Roy Carver. He enjoyed taking family and friends flying.
Survivors include his children and spouses, Sandy and John Cryder, Mt. Sidney, VA, Tom and Judy Fox, Davenport, Mary Ann Fox, Puako, Hawaii; step children and spouses, Pam and Jeff Demarlie, Milan, Mike and Shannon Miller, Pittsboro, IN; grandchildren and spouses, Ryan and Meggan Fox, Des Moines, Joel and Molly Fox, Davenport, FL, Noah Hester, Puako,HI, Kyle and Megan Fox, Davenport, IA, Marley and Adam Taufmann, Colorado Springs, CO; great grandchildren, Johnny Fox, Des Moines, Chad Fox, Davenport, FL.; step grandchildren and spouses, Kelli and Doug Bowman, Michele and Kevin Benck, Marc and Amy DeMarlie, Mackenzie Miller; step great grandchildren, Emma and Ellen Reeder, Olivia Bowman, Drew, Zach and Nathan DeMarlie; sister, Gayle Johnson, Alvord, IA, mother in law, Mary Ella Merrick, Muscatine, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arleen Fox; wife, Juanita Miller-Fox; sister, Ina Croat; brother, John Dean Fox; grandson, Chad Ryan Fox. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com
|In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association or to the Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church.