Jack Keogh Fox, 98, of La Grande, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Grande Ronde Hospital. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at 10:00, on April 6, 2019 at New Song Community Church; 3008 Cove Ave, La Grande, OR 97850. Telephone (541)963-9132.
Jack Keogh Fox was born September 13, 1920 in Marshalltown, Iowa, son of Raymond E. Fox and Virga M. (Keogh) Fox.
Jack attended school through the tenth grade in Dunlap, Iowa, and graduated from high school in Spencer, Iowa in 1938. He served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1946. Later, during his service, he was stationed in Pasco, Washington, where he met and married Peggy May Smith, on December 1, 1945 in Spokane, Washington.
Children born to the couple are sons, Terry, who now lives with his wife, Helen, in Issaquah, Washington, and Ricky, who died in infancy. Jack and Peggy were married 37 years before she lost her brave battle with cancer in 1982.
Jack worked at his father’s shoe shop in Mason City, Iowa as a shoemaker and later had his own shoe shop in Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. He worked for Boeing Airplane Company traveling across the United States with the finance department in the Minuteman program before retiring in 1982.
Jack enjoyed many activities throughout his life, including fishing, hunting, golf, and square dancing. At one time, he was a renowned square dance caller throughout Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas. Jack was a serious student of the Bible and was active in Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship. He also took missionary trips to Honduras and Mexico.
In 1983, Jack married Sandee Waugaman in Kent, Washington. They soon moved to Barstow, California, where Jack became an assistant to the Pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Barstow. Later, Jack was ordained and became Associate Pastor of Love Christian Fellowship, also in Barstow. During this time, the couple took missionary trips to Mexico and twice to the Philippines to share the Gospel.
The family moved to Cove, Oregon in 1990, and then in 1996, they moved to the neighboring town of La Grande, Oregon.
Jack had served on the board, taught Sunday school, led Bible studies and Senior ministries in several churches throughout his adult life. For almost 20 years, New Song Community Church has been their home church.
Jack’s great love of music inspired him to play his guitar and sing at home and elsewhere for others to enjoy. He sang and shared the Gospel at local nursing homes, Grande Ronde Retirement Residence, Cowboy Church and several other churches throughout the Grande Ronde Valley, as well as in locations in Washington State.
At the Union County Senior Center, he played with the “Fine Tunes Band” and then he had his own group, “The Noon Tunes”. Jack played several years with “Dottie Brown and Company”, and then “The Blue Moutaineers”. For years he was also a member of “The Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers”. In 2013, at the well-seasoned age of 93 years, Jack cut his first CD, “Sincerely”, playing his guitar and singing some of his favorite songs.
Jack served a term on the counsel of the Union County Senior Center and was twice awarded “Man of the Year”. Jack loved to welcome people and enjoyed making them feel important.
In later years, he enjoyed visits with his son, Terry and his family, as well as visits with his acquired four daughters and their families. The local grandchildren and great-grandchildren often stopped by to grab a bite to eat, have a movie night, or simply to hang out, “talkin’ and pickin’”. They all loved hearing Pa’s stories, gleaning words of wisdom, and enjoying his great sense of humor.
Jack is survived by his wife of 35+ years, Sandee Fox, son Terry (Helen) Fox and grandson, Christopher Fox of Issaquah, WA, sister-in-law, Penny Fox, Seattle, WA; step-daughters and families, Kenni (Craig) Stoller, Amherst, NH, Kari Waugaman, La Grande, OR, Kelli (Doug) Brewer, Nikisk, AK, Kristi Marco, La Grande, OR, 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren, as well as many other family members and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Virga Fox, brothers, Edwin and Gene Fox, infant son, Ricky Fox and his first wife, Peggy Fox.
Jack is loved and will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting this amazing man.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s honor to “The Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers” for their grant program. c/o Denny Langford 966 Bryan, Union, OR 97883.