James Leonard Fox

Born – April 6, 1943

Waaboozohminisiing (Wikwemikong), Ontario, Canada

Died – November 25, 2019

Lansing, Michigan

James left on November 25, 2019, to join his loving wife, Kathleen, into the spirit world.  James was surrounded by his loving family.  He will be sadly missed by many loved ones.  He was the son of Moses & Theresa Fox (both preceded).  Loving brother to David, Alex (preceded), Theresa, and Verna.  He is a proud father to Harold (Loretta) Fox, Eric (Ellie) Fox, Brian (Jessica) Fox, Kyle (Tammy) Fox, Mary Fox (preceded), and Crystal Fox.  He leaves many precious memories with his grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob, Theresa, Keanu, Noah, Antonio, Candace, Nicolas, Mikala, Keanu, Grey, Isaac, and Raymond, and his great-grandchildren, Serenity, Arya, and Gaberiel.  Godfather to Jacqueline Barber.  He has many nieces and nephews.

Growing up he was influenced by many special half-brothers and sisters.  Brother to Margerat (Syrette) Fox, Eugene Fox, Morris Fox, Joe Fox, and Laura Fox.  He was also special brother to William “Willie” Roy, and Augustine “Gus” Roy.

James loved spending time with his children, his grandchildren, friends and family.  He was an avid bowler and looked forward to tournaments and league play during the winter months.  During the summer he spent most of his time on the shores of Manitoulin Island, either boating, or fishing for his favorite game.  He enjoyed going home every summer.

James was a proud member of the Local 602 United Automobile Workers Union.  He retired from Fisher Body over 20 years ago.  He began at the shop as a spot-welder.  He worked as a utility welder, and retired as a quality control inspector.  After retirement, he was passionate about his heritage language.  He would teach Aniishnabamowin (Odawa) classes for Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Language classes at the Nokomis Learning Center in Okemos, Michigan.

He will always be remembered as an amazing Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, Grandpa, and Great-Grandpa.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Fr. John Fain at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, Lansing, Michigan. Online condolences may be left for his family at www.EstesLeadley.com

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Katie Ames
November 26, 2019 at 3:52 pm

I send my love and prayers to the Fox family. I feel honored that James was a part of my life. He is a kind, gentle soul. I enjoyed talking and laughing with him, and learning as he shared his language. I am forever happy to call him, “Friend.”


Linda Dokum
November 26, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Prayers and Thanksgivings are going up for ALL!

Linda Dokum & Family

John Kaboni Sr.
November 26, 2019 at 7:51 pm

My condolences to all the James Fox family. He will always be remembered. Sending hugs and love to his family, from John Kaboni Sr., and family.

Shirley Recollet
November 26, 2019 at 9:01 pm

Our condolences to the family, prayers and hugs
Ted & Shirley Recollet family

Pam St. Louis
November 26, 2019 at 10:18 pm

I didn’t get to visit with Jim or Kay very often. But every time I did get to see them they were both so welcoming and loving to me and my kids. Jim’s friendly smile and desire to chat will be missed. My prayers to the family for strength and healing.

Megan McCullen
November 26, 2019 at 11:43 pm

James was a loving and important member of our community, who will be sincerely missed.

Geraldine M Meyle
November 27, 2019 at 12:18 pm

May you James and your family be at peace as you go to the other side of the rainbow and your family gives you comfort as you travel. Be at peace.

The Meyle Family

James K. Fox
November 30, 2019 at 10:52 pm

My condolences to the family, my name sake took the time to visit every time we see each other. There are numerous things to share about Jemis, but he was a friend to many. Baamaa pii niwiitaayis.


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