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Anthony R. (Tony) Fox

Anthony R. “Tony” Fox, age 73, of Mansfield, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

 Tony was born August 12, 1940 in Bucyrus, the 15th child of the late Paul and Marie (Beran) Fox. He retired after 33 years of services at Timken Roller Bearing in Bucyrus. Following his retirement, Tony worked part time at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home in Bucyrus. He was a member of Crossroads Community Church in Mansfield, Bucyrus Moose, and was the president and very active member of the Johnny Appleseed Wood Carvers. Tony loved to carve. After 9 -11 he devoted most of his carvings to eagles. A conservative estimate of his eagle carvings, which are all shapes and sizes, would be over 3000.

 Tony is survived by his wife, DeLayne “Dee” (Lantz) Fox, whom he wed on July 30, 1996;

4 children: Alena Fox, Bernadette Widman, David Fox, Eunice (Pat) Collene all of Bucyrus; 2 step children: Kevin (Melissa) Fidler of Butler and Kelly Fidler of Chesapeake, VA; 7 grandchildren: Mitchell Widman, Malynne Widman, Zachary Fox, Katelyn Fox, Caleb Fox, Phillip Collene, Olivia Collene; a great grandchild: Daven Fox; 3 step grandchildren: Micaela Fidler, MacKenzie Fidler, Hadyn Fidler; 4 brothers: Tom (Susan) Fox of Findlay, Don (Ruth) Fox of Bucyrus, Dick Fox of Santa Fe, NM, Carl Fox of Peebles.

 He was preceded in death by 5 sisters: Rita Smith, Rosemary Stinchcomb, Sister Martha Fox, Sister Emily Fox and Elaine Fox; 6 brothers: John, Jerome, Bob, James, Ed and Paul Fox.

 Friends and Family are welcome on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 9-11 AM at Crossroads Community Church, 1188 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, where funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM by Pastor Ron Biddle.

 Tony was an avid supporter of his granddaughter’s softball teams. The family suggests memorial expressions be made in care of Kevin Fidler. Donations will be divided between Clearfork Lady Colts softball team and Colonial Crawford Lady Eagles softball team.

 Care was given by Bob, Catherine and Jake at Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. To leave a condolence or to share a remembrance with Tony’s family, please visit:

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Jerry and Mary Clark says:

    Alena, David, Bernadette, Eunice and families: Jerry and I have so many fond memories of your dad along with many of his family of our Bob Sandwich
    Shop days and after. Your dad was one of a kind and we cherish the friendship we had with him. Our deepest sympathies to all of you. We know Tony and he will be smiling down on each of you and keeping watch. Prayers to all of your families for the heartbreak you feel now and your recent losses of your aunts.

  2. Gene Davis says:

    Tony was one of the special people in my life. I met Tony thru a series of radio interviews with the Johnny Appleseed Wood Carvers and he became a friend who would always greet us with a smile. He got my co worker at the radio station (WNCO) into carving which also became a passion for him as it was for Tony. My condolences to the family. Rest In Peace Tony .You certainly left a wonderful legacy and when we think of you it will be with a warm smile

  3. Michael Shepherd says:

    Just want to say again sorry for your loss. Any needs you have let me know, I will help meet them. God’s best to all the family !

  4. Ann Imhoff says:

    Dee, so very sorry to hear of your husband’s death. My prayers are with you and your family.
    I know my Grandson Jacob will take good care of you
    With love

  5. Julie Light-Copper says:

    Bernadette and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May the love and comfort of family and friends surround you in your time of grief!

  6. Larry and Kathy Stinchcomb says:

    We are so very sorry about the loss of our Uncle Tony. Prayers for you
    Auntie Dee, Cuz Alena, Cuz Bernadette, Cuz David, and Cuz Eunice, and all the Grandchildren, and brothers Uncle Don, Uncle Tom,Uncle Dick, Uncle Carl and all the rest of our Family . Uncle Tony was a special Uncle that is a fact. He wil live on in our hearts . Our losses this year have been great and our tears have been many and also that big reunion in heaven has been going on too . I know Uncle Tony and Sister Emily is updating them all and will Gods loving care too.I can just hear them now. OK well you all take care and we love you all. Gods special blessing to you and yours hugs too. Take care RIP Uncle Tony and may the perpetual light always shine on you Alpha and Omega.

  7. Margie Mosier says:

    Dee & family, I am so sorry to learn of Tony’s passing. He was such a great woodcarver and friend. I will pray for your family. If there is anything else I can do for you, please let me know. We love you.

  8. Linda Laipply says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Tony’s death. Any time we think of him, it will always be remembering his contagious laugh and smile, his happiness and, of course, his beautiful ability to whistle! May God bless and comfort you. Love, Jerry and Linda Laipply

  9. Ron Carman says:

    Tony was a great friend was very sorry to hear of his passing . I will always remember him. And I know he will be making wood chips in Heaven Prayers go out to his family . May God bless you and comfort you in your time of need. He will be sadly missed. Ron Carman & Family

  10. Greg Cole says:

    To Dee & Family,
    Was so sorry to hear of your loss of Tony. My parents (Bob & Roberta Cole) spoke often so highly of Tony’s tireless efforts for the Johnny Appleseed Woodcarvers Club. My folks would have been at the memorial service had dad not been in the hospital for these past three weeks. I personally have fond memories of Tony being such a jokester & so friendly each time I spoke to him at several carver’s shows (that Tony coordinated). I also enjoyed the kind tribute Tony’s nephew gave at the memorial service. Praying for comfort for the entire Fox family at this time of loss.

  11. Kathy Mambourg says:

    Dear Dee,
    It was with a sad heart that I learned of Tony’s passing. It was always a fun time when our paths crossed at Madison High School; he was such a jokester!
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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