Robert D. Fox
Robert Douglas Fox, age 76, of Oak Forest; loving husband of Theresa Stepenski; devoted son of the late Douglas Clare Fox and Rosalie Dorothy Fox (nee Quillan); dear brother of Mary Ann (Tom) Hoogerhyde and Janet Fox Myer; dearest brother-in-law of Margaret (Robert) Marks and Gerald (Julie) Stepenski; cherished uncle and cousin to many. Visitation Friday from 2:00 P.M. until time of Service at 8:00 P.M. Funeral Saturday 9:15 A.M. from Lawn Funeral Home 7732 W. 159th St. Orland Park to St. Damian Church Mass 10:00 A.M. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Bob's name to one of the following: 17th Corps Field Hospital, Inc. 1320 Anderson Drive, Suite 17 Batavia, IL 60510 (Civil War Reenactor group, a 501c3 non-profit organization), The Knights of Columbus, Fr. C. C. Boyle Council #4698 17208 Valley Drive Tinley Park, IL 60477: Please ask that your donation go to the ID Drive to help the intellectually disabled or The Bob Fox Memorial Fund c/o The Gaelic Park Players 6119 W. 147th Street Oak Forest, IL 60452. Mr. Fox was a graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central High School. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education with a Theater Minor from Michigan State University. His Master of Education Degree was earned from the University of Virginia where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. He later did post-graduate work at Northern Illinois University in Instructional Technology. Robert taught biology and other related sciences at Hillsdale Community High School in Michigan, and at St. Francis Academy and Joliet Catholic Academy where he later taught Advanced Placement classes. A many faceted individual, he was a professional clown, magician, and Santa Claus, as well as being able to portray a wide variety of other costumed characters. He is most well known in the south suburbs as Jocko the Magic Clown. Theatre was one of Robert's great loves and he performed in or directed numerous productions with the Hillsdale and Sauk Theaters in Michigan, the Joliet Drama Guild, and The Gaelic Park Players among other groups. He was the recipient of the Clint Johnson Award for Theatrical Achievement given by the Hillsdale Community Theatre in 1990. After retiring from teaching Bob was a founding member of the Civil War re-enactor group, the 17th Corps Field Hospital. Taking on the persona of an actual Civil War doctor, Orange B. Ormsby, Bob and the group did educational scenarios for the public based on the medicine of the 1860s. In 2012 Bob received a special medallion for his services to the National Park Service for doing demonstrations following the 150th anniversary of the battle of Antietam. Mr. Fox was active in the Christ Renews His Parish men's team at St. Damian in Oak Forest. He was a member of The Society of Civil War Surgeons, The Society of American Magicians, the Knights of Columbus Council #4698, a life member of BPOElks #1575, and a Certified Interpretive Guide.
2:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Friday November 27, 2015
Lawn Funeral Home - Orland Park
7732 W. 159th St.
Orland Park, IL 60462 (Map/Directions)
10:00 A.M. on Saturday November 28, 2015
St. Damian Church
5250 W. 155th Street
Oak Forest, IL 60452 (Map/Directions)