James Robert "Bob" Fox, age 96, of Sheridan, and resident of Wellbrooke of Westfield for 9 months, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 6, 2017 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.

He was the eighth of 12 total children. He was born Oct. 22, 1922, in his home on the Tipton-Hamilton Co. line to the late Arthur W. and Maggie B. (Aldridge) Fox.

While growing up, his family lived several different places in and around Atlanta. He attended his first 6 years of school in Atlanta and helped plant a tree at the Library. For many years that tree stood by the Atlanta Public Library, a wonderful reminder of the years he spent there as a young boy. His family later moved to Sheridan and that is where he would finish his high school career, graduating with the Class of 1939. While at Sheridan Bob played football under the late Barney Stout and was starting quarterback his senior year. He was also fortunate enough to play basketball under the late Fred Shanklin. One of his fondest memories from playing for Sheridan was making it to the semi state game his junior year because his shot.

He was no stranger to hard work. While he was in school, he would help farmers around the area, and after graduation would go to work locally for Jean Mace grocery. 

On Nov. 10, 1940, He married his high school sweetheart, Ina Cline. He and Ina moved to Anderson, and shortly after he would hire on at Delco Remy. Not too long after, he was drafted to fight in WW II. He proudly served as a soldier in the United States Army 110th infantry division. He completed his basic training in Florida and was shipped overseas on the Queen Mary. While in route, he got very sick.  He made it to Germany and survived the brutally cold weather. While overseas, he was bitten on the hand by a spider causing him to be hospitalized. While being treated for the infection, he missed being sent to the Battle of the Bulge. Many men from his unit did not return from home. Three of his brothers were in service at the same time; Fred served in the army, John served in the Navy, and his brother Don was serving in the Air Force.  Don is still listed as Missing In Action.

After returning home from the service, he went to work as a Ford mechanic for Cotton's Ford Garage in Sheridan and later for Foxworthy Ford for many years as their service manager. He would later work for a short time with Brown and Bigelow before hiring back on with Delco Remy and retiring with from the company in 1986.

He loved fishing, playing cards and gardening, but what really captured his attention was woodworking.  He made extremely beautiful furniture for his entire family and many of his friends, as well as the Terhune United Methodist Church.  It was his way of showing how much he loved and cared for them.

He was a member of the Terhune United Methodist Church, the Whitestown chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Indianapolis Valley Chapter of the Scottish Rite, and a 50 year member of the Fidelity Lodge F&AM 309 of Sheridan.  He was the treasurer for several years, custodian for a short time, and had the honor of serving as Master on 2 different occasions. He helped raise money for the building currently being used by the Lodge. He took great pride in helping with the pancake breakfasts and was honored for his dedication by having the dining room named "Bob's Room." He was also humbled to be able to celebrate his 80th birthday in that same room.

Survivors include his second wife, Pauline H. (King) Fox; his son, Robert L. (Valri) Fox of Sheridan; 2 daughters, Linda L. (Steven) Osborne of Sheridan and Peggy L. (James) Fairchild of Commiskey; brother, John W. Fox of Columbus; sister in law, Marianna Cline Hadley of Brownsburg; 7 grandchildren, Scott (Karen) Osborne of Sheridan, Doug Osborne of Sheridan, Kyle (Monica) Osborne of Sheridan, Jennifer (Pat) Marten DVM of Colby, Kan., Cheryl (Colby) King of Commiskey, Bradley Fox of Sheridan and Kyle Fox of Sheridan; 10 great grandchildren, Megan Osborne of Noblesville, Allison (Levi) Hiatt of Columbus, Katie Osborne of Westfield, Aundrea (Sparky) Inman of Westfield, Makaila (Pat) Maloney of Tipton, Keirsten Osborne of Sheridan, Seth Osborne of Sheridan, Presley Fox and Memphis Fox, both of Sheridan, and Jayden King of Commiskey; step daughter, Janet Hoffman Hadley of Noblesville; step daughter in law Mary Anna Hoffman; step grandchildren, Jennifer (Drew) Bradley of Lafayette, Joanna (Joe) Gainy of Sheridan, Brian (Deanna) Hoffman of Kirklin, and Jessica Hoffman of Jacksonville; step great grandchildren, Charlotte and Willow Bradley of Lafayette, Ella and Lillian Gainy of Sheridan, and Waylon and Morgan Hoffman of Kirklin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, James Douglas Fox; step son, Pete Hoffman; four brothers, Ralph Waldo, Joe Delmas, Hugh Donavon, and Frederick Lee; 5 sisters, Marie Isabelle, Maxine Edra, Mabel Lucille, Mildred Jane, and Pollyanna; and by his first wife, Ina L. (Cline) Fox on November 27, 1984. She and Bob were married for 43 wonderful years.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St., Sheridan, with Masonic Services scheduled for 1:30 p.m.  Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until the start of the Masonic Service. Burial with military honors will follow at Boxley Cemetery. Rev. Frank Ciampa will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be presented to the Fidelity Lodge F&AM 309 of Sheridan, or to the Terhune United Methodist Church.