Dr. Charles F. Fox, 97, of Oviedo, Florida, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Lutheran Haven Assisted Living there.
He was born on Oct, 8, 1923, in Columbus, Indiana, to Frank and Pearl Fox. He grew up in Grammer, Indiana, and attended Columbus High School, graduating in 1942. During high school and early college he played clarinet and saxophone and had a swing band that performed in local clubs. He married his high school sweetheart, Bernice Mellencamp, on Jan. 30, 1943, and they had two sons and a daughter. He attended Hanover College until drafted into the US Army in 1943 during World War II. During his service he attended training in different regions of the US and by the end of the war was stationed in the Pacific Theater where he was honorably discharged in 1946. After service, he attended Washington and Lee University, graduating in 1948 with a degree in English. He entered a master’s degree program at Indiana University and began teaching in the English Department at Hanover College in 1949. He received his doctoral degree from Indiana University and was a Dante scholar. An avid reader, he constantly revised and updated his courses. He developed and taught “Dante in Florence” where students traveled to Florence, Italy, to study Dante and the Divine Comedy in the setting of Dante’s life. He served as editor of the Forum, the national magazine of Phi Eta Sigma. He retired from Hanover College in 1989 as chairman of the English Department. He had his wife enjoyed playing bridge with friends, traveling abroad and camping throughout the US. His favorite hobbies were woodworking, reading, crossword puzzles and fishing. He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo and had been an active, hardworking member of every church he attended, serving in leadership positions, on committees and even filling in with a sermon.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 78 years of Oviedo; a son, Bill Fox; a daughter, Connie Risk of Madison, Indiana; his grandchildren, Paula Marino, David Fox, Julie Karustis, Heather Madalena, J.B. Risk and Holly Hearne; and 16 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Oswald Fox; his sister, Lola Friedersdorf; and a son, Brian Fox.
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Lutheran Haven Assisted Living Facility in Oviedo. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only residents and staff of the ALF may attend.There will be a Celebration of Life and interment ceremony at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Care Fund, Lutheran Haven Foundation, 2041 West S.R. 426, Oviedo, FL 32765; or Apraxia Kids, Reedsdale St., Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 https://secure.apraxia-kids.org/site/Donation. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences, remembrances and memorials, www.morgan-nay.com.