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Gary Fox

Gary Eldon Fox, 75, of Hawarden, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at his home. Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Barb Joy officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery in Hawarden. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 11th at the United Methodist Church. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The family prefers memorials to the West Sioux High School Wrestling Program.

Gary Eldon Fox was born on October 22, 1941 in Norfolk, Nebraska to Lawrence and Edith (Selzer) Fox.

Gary attended rural country schools and graduated from Ponca High School in 1959. He graduated from Wayne State College in 1963 where he received Little All-American Football honors.

Gary married Kathy Sievers on August 7, 1960, in Ponca, Nebraska. They lived in Millard, Nebraska for two years while Gary taught school and coached from 1963 to 1965. They moved to Gilmore City, Iowa for a new coaching and teaching opportunity from 1966 to 1968. In 1968, they moved the family to Hawarden, Iowa. After retirement, he enjoyed fishing on the river and traveling with Kathy to visit their children and grandchildren.

Gary taught school for 36 years with the majority of those years in the West Sioux Schools. His dedication to his students was phenomenal. He enjoyed watching his students grasp new ideas. He also coached football, wrestling, and track for many years. The success of the West Sioux Wrestling program from the 60-80s was a highlight of his coaching career. Gary’s hobbies included watching football with “Da Bears” and Nebraska, playing cards with friends and family, and fishing on the river.

Gary is survived by his wife Kathy, and three children, Diane Fox of Sugar Land, Texas, Gary (Julie) Fox of Yankton, South Dakota, and Debra (Michael) Bolluyt of Manassas, Virginia. He is also survived by two brothers, Ron (Barbara) Fox of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jim (Kathleen) Fox of Seal Beach, California, and a sister, Linda Fox of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters and was looking forward to the birth of triplet great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Frank and Ruby Sievers.


5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ,Sunday, June 11, 2017
Hawarden United Methodist Church
803 13th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Funeral Service

10:30 AM ,Monday, June 12, 2017
Hawarden United Methodist Church
803 13th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

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Our deepest sympathy to all of you with the passing of "Mr. Fox." As I sit here, I think about all of the wonderful memories related to school, sports, summer work, fishing. family friendship and more. He will truly be missed but always remembered! Chris Halligan and Family

Chris Halligan Jun 12 2017 12:00 AM

I am so saddened to hear of Gary's passing. He was not only my teacher but an inspiration to me.

He spent countless days after school with me so I could master the concepts of chemistry. He believed in me and the ability of a girl from Iowa to grow up to be a chemistry major at the University of Michigan. I could not have done it without him.

May his memory continue to live in all the lives that he touched so deeply. My heart goes out to his family that you may find comfort in beautiful memories of Gary.

Much love - Beth Emerson
West Sioux Class of 1996

Elizabeth A Emerson Jun 12 2017 12:00 AM

Jack Broome Jun 11 2017 12:00 AM

My sympathy to the entire Fox family. He was a great teacher and family man.

Julie Dowling Jun 11 2017 12:00 AM

Diane - I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. You and your family are in my prayers.

Nancy Bettasso Jun 10 2017 12:00 AM

Mr. Fox was an outstanding teacher, coach and person. Truly one of the best. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time. God Bless.

Jon Huitink Jun 10 2017 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to all of Coach Fox's family. He was an awesome educator, whose love of Science rubbed off on many WS students. His smile and easy going nature will be missed by many. God Bless.

Rick and Carol Salberg Jun 10 2017 12:00 AM

Gary was a great person whose influence shaped our young lives in such a positive way. He will be greatly missed but lives on in us - we tell our kids about the great teachers and coaches of West Sioux.

Brian & Judith Donahoe Jun 10 2017 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences to Gary's family. It was my honor to be Gary's student at WSHS and later as a student teacher with him. I learned so many valuable lessons from Gary on how to be patient, how to accept new challenges and how to treat people with respect and dignity. I will be forever grateful for "Doc" Fox's counsel and great example of how to live life. Rest in Peace Gary.

Damian Donahoe Jun 10 2017 12:00 AM

Our sympathy goes out to the entire Fox family. I am so glad that we were able to see Gary and Kathy a few weeks ago, at Anna's bday party.
Blessed be his memory~
Dave and Joan

Dave and Joan Hickman Jun 9 2017 12:00 AM

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