Douglas Fox

Douglas Ames Fox, passed away on August 14, 2010 at his residence in North Hudson at the age of 76. He had been diagnosed with cancer last fall. Doug was born the son of Wallace and Rosella (Keyes) Fox on September 27, 1933 in Hopkins, MN. He grew up there and then graduated from Chaska High School. He proudly served in the US Air Force from 1953-1957. On October 12, 1962 Doug was united in marriage to Susan Ann Scharf. They would be blessed with twin boys, Daniel and Donald and a daughter, Julie. Doug had a love of teaching that carried through his whole life. He gave selflessly to those who were willing to learn. In 1968, he began instructing with the Job Corps at Fort McCoy. He then taught in Eau Claire. Doug accepted a position at Stillwater prison, where he designed the program and wrote the curriculum to teach inmates how to repair office machinery. In 1970, the Fox family moved to Hudson. In 1974, he established Fox Business Machines in Hudson, from which he retired in 1990. In his “retirement” he drove school bus for the Stillwater school district and was the equipment manager for Stillwater High School. He had been a member of the Jaycees in Mankato, MN, of the Hudson Hockey Association, and volunteered with the Hudson High School football team when his sons were playing. Doug was an avid and talented woodworker. He liked to garden, golf and hunt, and he was always cheering on the MN sports teams, the Gophers, the Twins, and especially the Vikings. Although Doug had a tough exterior, he was an incredibly caring man. His smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Doug is survived by his wife Susan; his sons, Dan (Paula) and their children: Christopher, Sarah and Cameron of Ft. Wayne, IN and Don (Lisa) and their children: Nathan, Isaiah, Emylianne, Elayna, and Ava of Rio Rancho, NM; his daughter, Julie Fox of Hudson; and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Errol Fox; sister, Deborah Jehoich; and infant grandson, Jonah Fox. A visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00pm on Tuesday, August 17th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, 715-386-3725. He will be privately interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

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