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MISSOULA – James Wesley Fox, 66, of Missoula passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born Sept. 28, 1945, in Fort Benton to Harvey and Virginia Fox. After graduating from Fort Benton High School, Jim entered the United States Navy. He was in the Vietnam War and served six years as an electrician in the Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Arlington for part of his service.

He graduated from Spartan College of Aeronautics with an AP license. Later he graduated from Northern Montana College with a bachelor’s degree in education. Following college, he taught industrial technology for 30 years, three at Sentinel and the remainder at Hellgate. He truly enjoyed being a mentor to his students and working with his colleagues.

Jim enjoyed golfing, his pets, cars (anything with an engine!), traveling, family and friends. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and V.F.W.

Survivors include his best friend and partner Laura Pahl of Missoula; mother Virginia Fox of Fort Benton; brother Charles (Debbie) Fox of Missoula; niece Michelle (Greg) Salisbury of Missoula, their children Cody and Jayden; and nephew Jeremy (Sarah) Fox of Minneapolis.

A graveside service will be held at Western Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery, 1911 Tower St. on Tuesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Eagle’s Lodge, 2420 South Ave. W.

Special thanks to Terry Stickly and staff of Hospice of Missoula who gave such compassionate, loving care to Jim during his final days. Donations may be made in Jim’s name to hospice of Missoula.

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