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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Details on Visitation and Funeral

The following will appear in the GR Press on Friday and Sunday:

Eric J. Fox, age 40, of Grandville, formerly of Jenison, went to be with his Savior on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 after a courageous, five year battle with ALS. His genuine love of life and for people gave him the ability to make friends in minutes. Eric has fought the good fight, he has finished the race and has kept the faith. He was loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 14 years, Lori; his children, Zach and Maddie; parents, James and Joan Fox; sister, Julie Fox; brother, Jary (Erica) Fox and their children, Emma and Katelyn; parents-in-law, Steve and Linda Kammeraad; sister-in-law, Kristi (Brian) Rogalske and their children, Ashley, Nathan and Emily; brother-in-law, Kevin (Stephanie) Kammeraad and their children, Carlos and Maria; and many extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:00am at Kentwood Community Church, 1200 60th St. SE, Kentwood with Pastor Rob Reynolds officiating. Interment Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to ALS Association, or Global Partners c/o Rob and DaNae Reynolds.

Relatives and friends may meet the family Saturday from 7-9 pm, Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Drive SW.

Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com or the family’s blog at www.ericjfox.blogspot.com.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lori- you are heavy on my heart tonight...May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding be near to you and the children at this time.

Your sister in Christ,
Margorie Sondermann

Michelle Zink said...

Lori, Zach, and Maddie-
We are so very sorry for your loss. Eric was such a wonderful person, and he will be missed. We will continue to pray for all of you and hope that you'll find peace at this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
Love, The Zink Family (Michelle, Mike, Jared, Danielle, Eric, and Brandon)

Kimberly Wood [Amanda Wemple's mom] said...

I am so sorry for your loss Lori, kids & family...Thoughts and prayers will be with you...

Amy said...

HI Lori and Family:

You have and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. My God's loving arms hold all you during this time.

Amy

Anonymous said...

Lori, Zach and Maddie -
I was deeply saddened to read of Eric's passing. Please know that you are in our prayers and that Eric is free from this disease now.

Jennifer Schwartz & Ellen Bronstetter (Sturgis, MI)

Wayne said...

Lori, Zach and Maddie,

I will be praying for all of you in the coming days ahead. For to me to live is Christ, would be a fitting tribute to Eric. Those who knew Eric well, were blessed to have known him. Those who knew his life story, were encouraged with his testimony.

Yours in Christ,
Wayne Essink

Sheila said...

Know that the Johnsons are lifting you, the kids, and your entire family up in prayer.

Anonymous said...

Lori, you are such a strong and courageous woman and you have such a great family. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and your family will be in my prayers. I pray that God gives you supernatural peace and strength as you go through this difficult time.

Theresa

Anonymous said...

Lori and family,
your family is such a beacon of hope in the midst of tragedy in this dark world. thank you so much for your witness of Jesus throughout this difficult journey. You and Eric were such an inspiration to me and I will never forget your sacrificial love for your husband. You once encouraged me during a time of loss and I am forever grateful. I am praying for you all.
Sarah Johnson

Anonymous said...

Lori,

You and your family are in my prayers. I know we are moroning the loss of Eric right now but we can rejoice cause he is signing with our Lord and Savior. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers, and may we remember Eric for his friendly spirit where he never made a enemy. God Bless..Love you all

Angela Ball
Pittsburgh, PA

merry said...

Lori,
We are sorry for your loss. I pray you feel God's peace, presence and love through this difficult time. You are in our prayers.
Steve and Merry Bruinsma

Susan said...

Dearest Lori,
Praying fervently for you!
Love,
Susan Wilkins

Susan said...

Dearest Lori,
Praying fervently for you today.

Here's a song for you and your precious children..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfD14nCb0Sw&feature=related

Love, Susan Wilkins

Brian Roark, Integrity Tax said...

Lori,

We simultaneously grieve and rejoice with you. As we are happy for Eric, we will be praying for you as you enter now another new season in life with the kids. Life is a journey of seasons. We pray God's revelation, strength and enjoyment during the months ahead. Stay in His grip. (He promised He would never let go)

Love in Christ,
Brian Roark, Integrity Tax

Anonymous said...

Eric was my son Jake's football coach in cub football - we found out last night about Eric's passing and were smiling remembering when Eric would kick the football to the boys so high in the air none of them could catch it. We know he is back to kicking the football and feeling no pain...
You all are in so many of our thoughts - he touched so many people..
The family of Jake Bailey

Anne said...

Blessings to you and your families. I am so sorry for this loss to all of you. May your memories be held dear and sustain you through your grief.

Richard and Lora Harrington said...

Eric helped me find a song which we played at my mothers home going after her fight with ALS, "Fields of Grace". All who knew and loved Eric know that he is "Dancing in the fields of grace with his Father God"
We won't be able to make the funeral but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Richard and Lora Harrington

Cheryl S. said...

Hi, You do not know me, but I know Kristi your sister...Just wanted to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you! I have read about Eric on your blog...What a great Man! He will be greatly missed by many, I'm sure! May God grant you peace at this difficult time!

Melissa said...

My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

Bonnie said...

Lori,
We were so sad to read this news this morning. We are thinking of you and praying for you. Your blog, your testimony and your life with Eric has probably helped more people than you will ever know. We love you and hope that we will have the opportunity to see you again someday and meet your beautiful children!

Love and Prayers,
Bonnie, Bill, Will, Claire and Anna

Brad and Kristen Anderson said...

We feel truly blessed to have known such a man as Eric. He was an inspiration and an example of a lover of Jesus no matter what the trial or triumph. Lives were changed because of Eric and his days on this earth. God used him and will continue to use his legacy to impact the lives of many! We love you Lori, Zach, and Maddie. Our hearts are heavy and they ache for you during this time and yet we rejoice in knowing that Eric is free! There are many moments over the past days when I have stopped and imagined him in heaven and what he might be doing. I know for sure that he is not letting any grass grow under his feet! We can just see him raising his arms again in praise and glory to God like we saw so many times as we worshiped with him. We have such hope! You and the family are in our prayers and we are here for you in any way you need. We love you!

In Christ,
Brad and Kristen Anderson

Anonymous said...

Lori, Zach and Maddie - It is so hard to find the words to express our emotions at this time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers today and will continue to be in them for a long time to come. Eric was a great man of God and a great servant. May the true comforter wrap you in his arms as you adjust to this new time in your life. We love you, The Lambright Family(Duane, Gloria, Julia, Ben, Josh and Kyle)

Melissa said...

Dear Fox Family~

My heart and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your wonderful husband and father! May the Lord comfort and guide you during this time. I just want to let you know what an inspiration Eric and your entire family are...even though we have not met in person I have been following your blog and it is such a joy to hear you talk about serving the Almighty Lord with all of your hearts. I know that Eric is in heaven and at peace now and will be waiting for all of you to come "home" as well someday. Until then rest in the comfort of the Lord and may his peace be with you all!

In Christian Love & Sympathy,
Melissa

Mike said...

Lori,

Our prayers are with you and your family. You are right. Eric is now free in heaven..free with the Lord!

Mike, Lisa and Maggie

Dennis and Teri Buist said...

Lori, Zack and Maddie, You are in our thoughts and prayers and may the Lord enfold you all in his arms and give you comfort. We'll be keeping you in our prayers.
Dennis and Teri Buist - Life Church

Anonymous said...

Lori, Zack and Maddie,
You are in our thoughts and prayers and may God enfold you in His arms and give you comfort and strength. We are thankful for the opportunity to get to know Eric. Dennis and Teri Buist - Life Church

Anonymous said...

Lori,
I am praying for you and your children. As I lay in bed last night, praying, I kept thinking about what a blessing Eric's life has been and about how many people have been touched by his life and by your family's lives. I wanted to say something to your children.

I remember so many times when your dad would be walking in the hall at KCC with the two of you, Zach walking and Maddie being carried. He always looked at you guys like you were the world to him. He would laugh and play with you guys. I remember how he would look with such love at the two of you. One time I remember him chasing Zach and just playing.
I remember your dad's love and compassion for others. Even though I haven't seen your dad in a long time he has had an impact on my life and I know that he will be sorely missed. May God bring your whole family comfort and peace as you grieve your loss.
Blessings and love,
Marcy Fryling

Kristin said...

My heart aches for you and your family, You all have been so strong and brave through this whole journey. Eric is watching over you from heaven, so just look up to the sky and he will be there. God bless your whole family at this difficult time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers these next couple of days. Kristin Overway (Boer)

Anonymous said...

Lori, you are in our hearts,thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.
David and Dianne Velting

Anonymous said...

Lori- Our heart hurts for you and your family. Eric was a very lucky guy to have such a steadfast wonderful wife. You will be together again one day, until then your kids and family need you. May sweet memories hold within your hearts forever. Love Jeff,Denise Christina and Amanda Rogalske

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