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James Fox

June 15, 2021 | 10 comments

James “Foxie” Benjamin Fox, age 83 of Holmen, WI passed away peacefully on June 9, 2021 at Madison VA Hospital. He put up a good fight for 4 years with many issues and he later lost his battle with COVID.

He was born on October 14, 1937 to James Benjamin Strnad and Marie Volden in Chicago, IL.

Fox loved motorcycles and nice cars. He was also an avid hunter. He was a very respected man who spent the best years of his life at his well known tavern: Red Sails Resort. He will be missed forever by many family and friends.

Jim was a father to four sons: Lane, Kary (Brenda), Jesse (Vanessa), and Robin (Jennifer); and a grandfather to 10 grandchildren: Derrick, Rebecca, Nichole, Jaelyn, Kaylee, Kaiden, Andrew, Mason, Carson, and James. He is further survived by his partner, Anita Helfrich.

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021 from 3-4:30 pm at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI. A service will follow at 4:30 pm.

The family will hold a celebration of life at the Holmen American Legion Post 284, 419 1st Ave W, Holmen, WI following the service.



  1. Mark Loomis

    RIP Jim you were a really cool guy!

    • Debe Zurawski

      Kary, Brenda and James:
      Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.
      Peter and I enjoyed chatting with him when he owned the Red Sails.
      Now he can hang out with Peter and they can talk up a storm!

      • Megan S

        I was one of the many nurses who had the opportunity to work with Jim! He truly will be missed. He always knew how to crack a joke & make us smile. I always loved working with him. I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Linda Oconnor

      Kary,Brenda and James

      Sorry for your loss

      Dick and Linda Oconnor

  2. Michele Mccarty

    Jim was the best second Dad I could’ve ever had back in the good old days! Love you and miss you 😘

  3. Julie

    I will miss our talks, love you Foxy! Forever in my heart!

  4. Jane Loomis

    I love this man I remember he used to take me to get fireworks and then he took us out to eat rip Jim I miss you hope to see you in heaven some day

  5. Paula

    Soooo many memories of him “serenading” us at bar time. “Get the outside of your nose on the inside of your windshield” was a favorite. He always wore a smile in those days! It’s been many years since I have seen him but he is a heartfelt memory to this day! Hugs and prayers to his family.

  6. Scott Koblitz

    I, as many members in the pool shooting group, will always think highly of Foxy.

  7. Norman Aylsworth

    R.I.P. Foxey You were a Good Friend.


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