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Obituary: Thomas Wayne Fox

1940 ~ 2022

On March 16th, 2022, Thomas Wayne Fox, age 81, died. Tom is survived by his loving bride of 53 years, Gloria Fox; son David (Rose) Fox; daughter Barbara (Jeffrey) Malicki and daughter Susan (Chad) Billings; seven grandchildren he adored, Lauren, Katelyn and Madelyn Fox; Ryan and Brandon Malicki; Thomas and Hannah Billings; as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews and many amazing friends.  His loving family will proudly steer the ship now, driven with enduring memories of an adventurous life and mission to continue his incredible legacy. 

Born to DeWayne and Maxine Fox in 1940, Tom was raised with sister Patricia in Elmhurst, IL where he lived until he married Gloria in 1968. As a graduate of Northwestern University, Tom’s first job was with IBM, followed by 20+ years at ITW, and an early retirement at age 57 following several years at various consulting firms where his knowledge of IT systems, supply-chain management and business operations was highly valued. While his work ethic was unparalleled, his greatest joy was when he was behind the wheel on one of his many boats, the sun glistening on the lake, and his family surrounding him. 

Tom was a man of few words. However, he was a man that gave selflessly to his family and friends. Always in search of a project, Tom was up to almost any task. His mechanical skills were remarkable but so was his fierce sensibility, practicality and integrity. His legacy lives on in David (aka, mini-Tom), who shares Tom’s love for anything with an engine and activities on the water.  Barb shares her father’s affinity for business, investing and numbers.  Sue’s passion for design/construction grew from an environment where learning how things worked was commonplace.  His legacy will endure through his beloved seven grandchildren for whom he had immense pride, joy and never-ending sense of responsibility to provide for.  He commanded big hugs, funny jokes and taught practical skills on how to navigate life.

As Tom docks at his final heavenly port, his family will celebrate a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Tom is untethered now and will never be forgotten. 

Visitation will be on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7973 WI-57 Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin 54202, from 11:00am – 2:00pm, service to follow at 2:00pm.

If you’d like to honor Tom’s spirit of helping others, please consider making a donation to: Bargains Unlimited, PO Box 1037, Sister Bay, WI 54234 (in Memory of Tom Fox).