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Francis John Fox will be remembered on Wednesday Oct 5th 2011 as we join family and friends for his memorial.

Born August 11, 1922 to Vera Bausman Fox and Christopher Fox in Warren, Illinois.

During WWII John enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became Chief Machinist's Mate aboard the USS Detroit. In addition to maintaining the ship's engines, he was responsible for engine room maintenance and repairs. On the fateful day of December 7 1941, John was aboard his ship when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Ships around the USS Detroit were bombed and sunk yet the Detroit was spared. For one week Johnny slept in the engine room with his other Mates shoveling the coal to keep the engines running full speed ahead as the Detroit left Pearl Harbor in attempts to chase down the enemy.

The "Pearl Harbor" survival experience helped define John for the rest of his life. Anything that he put his mind to doing, he could accomplish. His life's employment allowed him to apply what he enjoyed most - fixing things. He received awards in his department for implementing more efficient methods. His work included pipe fitting, plumbing, concrete, form making carpentry, welding and operating heavy equipment. He also worked in Operation and Maintenance of pumping plants, reservoir and water control facilities for Los Angeles Waterworks. For enjoyment he nurtured his artistic talents by remodeling his homes and the homes of his life companion Josephine Green. His homes all have "Johnny's signature" with extensive mosaic tiling, bricklaying, stucco and overall re-building. One of his favorite tools was his cement mixer he affectionately named "putty-putty"

John enjoyed serving those close to him. His friends and dogs were family. Patriotism ran strong through his soul. He knew how to work hard and create solutions for every project he tackled. His quiet nature endeared him to many yet he could ramp up the energy while supporting his favorite college football team.

Francis John Fox passed peacefully in his sleep the morning of August 28, 2011.

His request was that his ashes be scattered at Sea.

Survived by brother Jay Fox, his life companion Josephine Green. Step-son James Green. Grand-daughters Bre Green, Ajana Green. Nieces Roberta Young, Rosalea McIntire married to J. Rodney McIntire, Nephews Rick Wilkins married to Pennie Wilkins, Bill Wilkins.