HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                               Thursday, December 11, 2003

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HERSCHEL FOX


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   Herschel Fox, 86, retired farmer/rancher, former Hill County Commissioner and a lifetime residence of this area, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at his residence.

   A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, in the Fifth Avenue Christian Church with burial following in the Highland Cemetery.

   Herschel was born on Aug. 29, 1917, at the family homestead 15 miles southeast of Havre on Clear Creek in Blaine County to Clyde and Bessie (Spoonemore) Fox. He attended Sprague School through the eighth grade and completed one year of high school in Chinook.

   During the Depression Years, he would ride the rails to Waitsburg, Wash., to work in the wheat fields.

   Herschel met Alice Sargent of Chinook and they were married on June 11, 1938, in Malta. They made their home at the Milk River Coal mine 2đ miles northwest of Chinook for the next six years. Herschel trucked coal in the winter months as far east as Glasgow, Fort Peck and west as far as Kalispell. He trucked grain, hay, livestock and followed road construction in the summer.

I   n 1944 he and wife Alice moved to Havre. They operated a grain and cattle ranch northwest of Havre for the next 37 years, along with a dirt moving business. Herschel was elected county commissioner in 1962 and served one six-year term. He and Alice then moved out to the farm and lived there until 1998, when they moved back to their home in Havre.

   Herschel was instrumental in developing the commercial property on West First from Rocky Mountain Packing west to Ezzie's Wholesale Bulk Plant on the south side of the highway by filling the swamp from 6 feet to 14 feet and building two large commercial buildings. While county commissioner he helped create the Beaver Creek Park Board and the Museum Board and was a charter member of each. He was instrumental in the development and fencing of the Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump. He helped in getting Bureau of Outdoor Recreation funds for the City of Havre's new swimming pool, Beaver Creek Park and the buffalo jump. He was a strong member of the Sixth Avenue Christian Church, serving on the church board for many years and on various committees's and as Board chairman several terms. Herschel played a large roll in planning and developing the new Fifth Avenue Christian Church. He was a lifetime member of Masonic Lodge No. 55. Herschel and his wife Alice were avid elk hunters and went every year for years with saddle horses, packhorses and campers and many friends.

   Herschel is survived by his wife Alice Fox of Havre; daughter, Karen Marie Fox (Tom) Demes of Juneau, Alaska; grandchildren Wade Fox of Bozeman; Teresa Fox Kreiter of Billings; great-grandchildren, Justin Fox of Bozeman, Riley Hughes of Grass Range, Tyson Kreiter of Billings, brother, Harold F.F. Fox of Edgar, Neb.; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous cousins, including Wayne Spoonemore, 102, of Fort Benton; and countless friends throughout the country.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Dennis Fox on April 13, 2002; sisters, Aletha (Hubert) Sprague, Vera (John) King and Emma Jane (Loren) Duked; and brother Gordon (Alice) Fox.

   Memorials may be sent to the Havre Senior Citizens Center.

   Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

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BILLINGSS GAZETTE                                               Friday, December 12, 2003y

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Fox, Herschel             

           

   HAVRE - Herschel Fox, 86, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, in the Fifth Avenue Christian Church with burial in Highland Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook is in charge.           

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                         Friday, December 12, 2003y

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Herschel Fox 

 

   HAVRE -- Herschel Fox, 86, a farmer and rancher, died of natural causes Monday at his home.  His funeral is 11 a.m. Monday at Fifth Avenue Christian Church in Havre, with burial in Highland Cemetery. 

   Survivors include his wife, Alice Fox of Havre; a daughter, Karen Marie Fox Demes of Juneau, Alaska; a brother, Harold F.F. Fox of Edgar, Neb.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

   He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Fox, on April 13, 2002.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                  Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Herschel Fox

Herschel Fox, 86. a re­tired farmer/rancher, former Hill County Commissioner and a lifetime resident of this area, passed away unexpectedly at his residence in Havre on Monday, December 8, 2003. Funeral serv­ices were held at 11:00 am. on Monday, December 1 51h, in the Fifth Avenue Christian Church of Havre, with burial following in the Highland Cemetery. Me­morials may be sent to the Havre Senior Citizens Center. Ar­rangements were by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

Herschel was born on August 29, 1917, on the family home­stead, which was located 1 5 miles southeast of Havre, in Blame County on Clear Creek. He was the fourth of the six chil­dren born to Clyde and Bessie Fox. He attended the Sprague School through the 8th grade and attended one year of high school in Chinook.

Herschel met Alice Sargent of Chinook and on June 11, 1938 they were married in Malta. They made their home at the Milk River Coal Mine, located two and a half miles northwest of Chinook, for the next six years. They were blessed with two chil­dren, son Dennis and daughter Karen. Herschel trucked coal during the winter months as far east as Glasgow and Fort Peck and as far west as Kalispell. During the summer he trucked grain, hay, livestock and fol­lowed road construction.

In 1944 Herschel and Alice moved to Havre and they oper­ated a grain and cattle ranch northwest of Havre for the next 37 years, along with a dirt mov­ing business. In 1962 he was elected County Commissioner and served one 6-year term. The couple moved out to the farm and lived there until 1998, when they moved back to their home in Havre.

Herschel was instrumental in developing the commercial property on West P St from the Rocky Mountain Packing plant west to Ezzies wholesale’s bulk plant on the south side of the highway. He did this by filling the swamp with six to fourteen feet of dirt and building two large commercial buildings. While he was a County Commissioner he helped create the Beaver Creek Park Board and the Museum Board, and he was a charter member of each. He was instrumental in the development and fencing of the Buffalo Jump and helped get Bureau of Outdoor Recreation funds for the City of Havre’s new swimming pool as well as for the Beaver Creek Park and the Buffalo Jump.

He was a strong member of the Sixth Avenue Christian Church, serving on the church board for many years and on various committees, as well as serving as Board Chairman for several terms. He played a large roll in the planning and devel­opment of the new Fifth Avenue Christian Church. Herschel was also a lifetime member of Ma­sonic Lodge #55. Both Herschel and Alice were avid elk hunters and for many years they went hunting with saddle horses, pack horses, campers and many of their friends.

He is survived by his wife Al­ice Fox of Havre; daughter Karen Marie (Tom) Demes of Juneau, AK; grandchildren Wade Fox of Bozeman and Teresa (Fox) Kre­iter of Billings; three great grandchildren; brother Harold F. E. Fox of Edgar, NE; plus numer­ous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dennis Fox on April 13, 2002; three sisters, Aletha Sprague, Vera King, and Emma Jane Duked; and one brother, Gordon Fox.

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