MESICK — Raymond J. Fox of Mesick passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. He was 92. He was born Oct. 14, 1921, in Schoolcraft, Mich., to Clint and Hazel (Hoseit) Fox, the second child of seven. He grew up in the Mesick area, Wexford Township, most of his younger years, attending a one-room schoolhouse one half mile north from the homestead, attending through the eighth grade. The family raised cattle and horses. They broke horses from out West to be used as teams for farming.
He always loved horses and had a love of watching all Western television shows and movies; they brought back many memories.
Ray served in the United States Army during World War II and had been stationed in the Philippines and Japan. He was a mechanic and became an MP. He and his brother, Paul, joined the Army together on Dec. 6, 1944, and were in the same unit until the Army separated family members later on. He returned on Nov. 5, 1946, after he was honorably discharged, to work on his parents’ farm. He later was a mechanic at Weidner Ford Garage in Cadillac for several years in the 1950s before working at Kinney Truck Lines, United Van Lines, in Three Rivers, Mich., where he traveled all over the United States. The family lived in Marcellus, where his father and other relatives had lived, and later moved to Three Rivers.
After working there for several years in the 1950s, he moved back north, purchased a farm of 80 acres he worked with his wife and three sons for many years as a dairy farmer until about 2000, handling beef and still doing so. The farm was a half-mile north of where he grew up. He had always wanted to farm and had a passion for it; the farm grew to be larger than 250 acres. He enjoyed being his own boss and worked long hours to provide for his family, and succeeded. His handshake was his word.