Orville Edward Fox, age 91, of Waverly, Iowa, died Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Shell Rock Health Care Center in Shell Rock, Iowa.
Orville was born on December 15, 1925, in Aredale, Iowa, the son of Edward and Hazel (Pencuuk) Fox. He was raised in Aredale and attended Bristow Public School. When he was elven he was baptized in Lake Constantine by the Bristow Church of Christ minister. After completing his schooling Orville worked for several area farmers before entering the United States Army on March 25, 1944. During WWII Orville served in Germany where he earned two Bronze Battle Stars. He was honorably discharged on June 4, 1949. On August 18, 1950, Orville was united in marriage to Ardith McNeilus at the United Methodist Parsonage in Mason City, Iowa. The couple made their home in Waverly where Orville worked for Great Western Railroad, Kehe Construction in Waverly, and in 1951, he opened Waverly Tire where he would work for the rest of his life.
Orville was a member of the Waverly A.M.V.E.T.S. and V.F.W. His greatest enjoyment in life was his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing softball, horseback riding, playing cards, and the coffee number game.
Orville’s memory is honored by: his wife Ardith of Waverly; two sons, Kim D. Fox of Janesville and Kendall D. (Kim) Fox of Waverly; two grandchildren, Amanda (Tyson) Keith of Waverly and Matthew (Danielle) Fox of Waverly; five great-grandchildren, Harper, Liam, and Madeline Keith and Delilah and Josephine Fox; and a sister-in-law, Faythe Fox of Allison. Orville was preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Donald, Walter and Ronald Fox; and two sisters; Wilma Truax and Loraine Botterbrodt.