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George Fox

 

August 9, 2017

George Fox

George passed away in The Dalles on April 3, 2017 with his family by his side. He suffered for 38 years from diabetes, which ultimately claimed his life. He was 66 years old. He was born on August 20, 1950 in Vancouver to John and Flora Fox. George's family moved to Milwaukie, where he spent his childhood years. He graduated from Rex Putman in 1968.

George served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971 as a Helicopter Repairman, obtaining decorations of; National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal With Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device and Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars.

After his service time, he was offered a position at West Point but elected to stay with his wife. George and Joy were married in 1971 in Colorado where he was stationed. They had their first child Jeff and shortly moved to Portland area. After leaving the Army, George accepted a position for the U.S. Postal Service in Portland and also joined the Air Force Reserves. At this time their second child Jessica Fox was born in 1974. George and Joy divorced in 1978.

George enjoyed riding his motorcycle, playing golf and an avid pool player with his good friends Roger and Pernell. During Jessica, Jeff's and nephew Jerry Plato's childhood they took many vacations to the San Juan Islands, Disney land, Tijuana, San Diego Zoo and Kahnetah. They spent an entire summer camping throughout the Oregon Coast. Many fond childhood memories were made.

During his time at the Post Office he was honored to be part of designing and installing all of the postage vending machines that were distributed throughout the metropolitan area. He continued to work for the Postal Service until retirement in 2005 at the Portland Airport branch.

On May 13, 2000 George met the love of his life, Samantha Fonda. They began their journey of retirement together going on 18 years. He was also blessed in this marriage with a step-daughter, Brooklyn Myers. George and Sam eventually moved from Camas area to make many memories in Goldendale. This was a place of sweet serenity and peaceful bliss that George was able to enjoy the remainder of his years. George always greeted the day with, "I woke up today, I won." He has now won everyday with our everlasting God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He leaves behind his legacy to his wife, three children, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and Tobias.

Please join us in George's celebration of life Sunday, Aug. 20, at 3 p.m. at The American Legion, 108 N Grant Ave., Goldendale. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the American Legion.

 

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