Gerald L. Fox, age 94, formerly of Owosso, Rockford, and Marcellus, MI, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Masonic Pathways in Alma, MI. A memorial will be held at 1:00 P.M. Sunday, August 4, 2013, at the Comstock Inn of Owosso. Arrangements are being handled by Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel in Owosso.
Gerald was born July 25, 1918, in Kalamazoo County, MI, the son of Hazen and Ruby (Brown) Fox. He grew up in Marcellus and graduated from Marcellus High School in 1937. After graduating from MSU, he taught and coached at Montrose High School. On June 6, 1942, Gerald married Lillian Staley. In 1943, Gerald and Lillian moved to Rockford, MI, where he taught and coached. Gerald was later appointed principal of Rockford High School in 1957, and in 1961, he became Assistant Superintendent. He retired from Rockford schools in 1976, and later enjoyed fifteen years with Lillian wintering in Winter Haven, FL. In 1982, Gerald and Lillian moved to Owosso. With his family in attendance, Gerald was inducted in 1992 into the Rockford High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding coaching. Gerald also was a member of the Rockford Lion’s Club, loved fishing with his son, Jim, and enjoyed Michigan State Sports.
Surviving Gerald are his children, Janeen (Paul) Chaffee of Owosso, MI, and Jim (Leslie Thomas) Fox of Alma, MI; grandchildren Scott (Jodi) Chaffee of Sylvania, OH, Brent (Brianne) Chaffee of Princeton, NJ, Johanna Fox of Chicago, IL, and Anneliese (Kyle Mason) Fox of Mt. Pleasant, MI; great-grandchildren, Paige, Brynn and Audrey Chaffee; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lillian, and his sister Jeanne and brother-in-law George Farrar of Cape Girardeau, MO.
Memorial contributions in Gerald’s name may be made to the Rockford Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 781, Rockford, MI 49341. To leave an online condolence please visit www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com.