Joseph James ‘JJ’ Fox
ONEONTA — Joseph James “JJ” Fox, 88, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 13, 2013. He passed at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Aurora, Colo., where he had been a resident since the passing of his wife, Pat Fox, in August 2010.
He was born March 23, 1925, in South Kortright, the ninth child and golden son after seven daughters and an earlier brother who had died as an infant. His parents were James Joseph Fox (formerly Imre Róka) and llona Molnar Fox of Hungary. As a child, he grew up speaking both Hungarian and English.
Joseph James Fox married Patricia Louise Kunkel on Oct. 22, 1949, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta. They were both members of St. Mary’s Parish in Oneonta throughout their lives.
Mr. Fox was drafted and served as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne near the end of WWII in Japan and for a period shortly after the war. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.
Mr. Fox was first a dairy farmer for about 25 years after WWII and proudly called his farm the “Rainbow Valley” farm. After his farming days he worked for the town of Laurens and the New York State Department of Transportation as part of their road crews before eventually retiring.
Those who knew Joe knew he loved to dance, listen to country music, particularly Johnny Cash, watch Western films with actors like John Wayne and wear cowboy boots. Joe loved animals, wildlife and nature. He was especially fond of Dalmatians, Appaloosas and a variety of “blue” cows that he raised. Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was truly loved and adored by his wife, his seven sisters and his four sister-in-laws, his nieces and nephews, children and grandchild.