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Full Text of SR0107  103rd General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened
3to learn of the death of James Leon "Jim" Fox of Wee-Ma-Tuk,
4who passed away on December 15, 2022; and
5    WHEREAS, James Fox was born to Lewis James and Velma
6(McCullough) Fox in Hannibal, Missouri on August 8, 1936; he
7served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962; during his military
8service, he was assigned as an armed guard under the U.S. Army
9Security Agency (ASA), where he was privileged to serve as a
10convoy security escort for then-Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile
11Selassie I; he married Sharon Naomi Rees in Peoria on October
1214, 1964, and she preceded him in death on November 15, 2018;
14    WHEREAS, James Fox possessed a strong work ethic from a
15young age; he obtained his first job at Peoria Brick Company in
161950 at the age of 14 by fibbing about his age; as a teenager,
17he traveled out of state for summer jobs, which included
18working at a lumberyard and on a ranch; as an adult, he labored
19as a sheet metal worker for 41 years before retiring on
20September 29, 1998; and
21    WHEREAS, James Fox was a member of the Veterans of Foreign
22Wars (VFW) and American Legion Post 16, both in Canton; he was



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1a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 1 in Peoria for 41
2years; he was also a benefactor life member of the National
3Rifle Association; and
4    WHEREAS, James Fox loved fishing and hunting; he was an
5avid duck hunter, and he especially enjoyed hunting at the Red
6Leg Duck Club and, in the last few years, on his farm near
7Lewiston; he was a connoisseur of collecting duck and turkey
8calls; he was also a collector of Native American artifacts
9and other antiques; he enjoyed gardening and canning
10vegetables with his wife for many years; and
11    WHEREAS, James Fox was preceded in death by his parents;
12his infant brother, Lewis Eugene Fox; and his sister, Rose E.
13(Fox) Sparkman; and
14    WHEREAS, James Fox is survived by his son, James R. (Leigh
15Ann) Fox; his daughters, Amy (Shannon Paris) Fox and Kathleen
16"Kady" (Kevin Dupent) Trier; his grandchildren, James Dillon
17Fox, Emily E. Trier, Madison R. Trier, and Sophia K. Dupent;
18and his brother, Robert W. (Elsie) Fox; therefore, be it
20ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
21James Leon "Jim" Fox and extend our sincere condolences to his
22family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it



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2    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
3presented to the family of James Fox as an expression of our
4deepest sympathy.