James “Jim” William Fox, son of John and Hallie (Williams) Fox, was born April 18, 1928, in Wessington Springs, S.D. He departed this life Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at the age of 93 years, 7 months and 12 days. On Jan. 11, 1952, Jim was united in marriage to Julie Ann Nygaard, and to this union a son and a daughter were born. Jim was a hardworker and took pride in everything he did. In 1945, at age 17, he joined the United States Marine Corps; he left the Marines at age 19 and went to work on a ranch for two years in Wyoming. While he was in Wyoming, he worked on a fencing crew and drove a truck delivering fencing supplies. He also worked on a pipeline in Douglas, Wyo. At age 22, he went home for Christmas to Colman, S.D., where his parents had moved to. A friend, Bud Heinricy, and Jim went to a dance in Sioux Falls, S.D., and this is where Jim met Julie. After Jim and Julie were married, they moved to Cortez, Colo. for two years and then moved back to their farm in Colman, S.D.. In 1977, they moved to Mountain Grove, and in 1980, to Seymour to a farm, where they raised and sold buffalo. Jim had made his profession of faith in God. He was a member and attended services, while his health permitted, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Mansfield. Jim was a quiet man, but his wit and dry sense of humor would shine through. He had useful knowledge, great wisdom and patience.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife ,Julie; his four sisters; and one brother. Jim is survived by his son, Leonard Fox and his wife, Caroline, of Santa Fe, N.M.; daughter, Anita Bohnenkamp and her husband, Wayne, of Mountain Grove; two grandsons, Daniel Bohnenkamp and his wife, Nancy, of Mountain Grove, and Lee Bohnenkamp and his wife, Camilla, of Ava; four great-granddaughters, Maci Bray and her husband, Nate, Belle Bohnenkamp, Myley Jones and Mollee Bohnenkamp; two great-grandsons, Spencer Bohnenkamp and Rhett Bohnenkamp; one great-great grandson, Creed Bray; and one great-great granddaughter, Wrenlee Bray. Funeral Service for James “Jim” Fox were held Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Mansfield, with Father Tom Dharelli officiating. Song Selections were “Amazing Grace,” “Abba, Father” and “On Eagle’s Wings,” sung by Joe Golden. Jim Heinricy, Bob Heinricy, Rick Fox, David Halligan, Daniel Bohnenkamp and Lee Bohnenkamp served as pallbearers. Burial was at the Seymour Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Seymour. Online condolences: www.craighurttfuneralhome.com.