Richard E. Fox Sr., 67

February 14, 2011

SEPT. 29, 1943-FEB. 10, 2011

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — Mr. Richard E. Fox Sr., 67, of Ferrous Lane, Hedgesville, passed away at 9:35 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at City Hospital in Martinsburg. Although the war was not won, he fought a courageous 13-year battle with lung disease, and has now been rejoined with his sister, Tina M. Noll, and brothers-in-law, Jim Poper and Nelson Bair.

Born Sept. 29, 1943, in Waynesboro, Pa., he was the son of the late Charlotte M. Noll, who died April 23, 2008.

Mr. Fox attended Waynesboro-area schools, and in younger years was very active with Waynesboro Area Little League, where he was a pitcher.

He began his military career with the U.S. Army in 1965, where he held many posts in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. He was never more proud than of his service with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, “The Herd,” from 1966 to 1967. He retired in 1984 after 23 years of service, and was the recipient of many decorations, including the Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge.

Following his retirement from the service, Mr. Fox was employed with the IRS Computing Center in Martinsburg until his retirement on disability in 1997.

Mr. Fox was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart; American Legion Post 60 in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., where he served in many capacities including commander and vice commander for many years; and was a founding member of Morgan County, W.Va., Boys & Girls Club, and 173rd Airborne Brigade Association.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Janie D. (Darby) Fox, whom he married April 5, 1968; two sons, Richard E. Fox Jr. and his wife, Tonya, of Hedgesville, and Craig H. Fox and his wife, Jamie, of Berkeley Springs; six grandchildren, Samantha Gano, Rebecca Fox, Richard E. Fox III, China Fox, Matthew Parkinson and Bailey Fox; four sisters, Kathy D. Brechbiel and her husband, Bob, of Fayetteville, Pa., Becky A. Poper of Waynesboro, Susan Bair of Smithsburg, Md., and Tracy J. Kilmer of Canton, Pa.; one brother, Jeffrey Noll and his wife, Nancy, of Waynesboro; a special cousin, John R. McFerren, of Waynesboro; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Fox also leaves behind his beloved dogs, Scruffy and Sami.

It was his request to be cremated and have no public services. Private memorial services will be held in the spring at his family home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Morgan County, P.O. Box 705, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411; or to Fisher House Foundation Inc., 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168.

Arrangements are by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro.

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