John’s awards and honors include: Purdue University Livestock Hall of Fame, Indiana State Fair lifetime pass for exhibiting 50 years, Sagamore of the Wabash (Indiana’s highest honor), Honorary Indiana Commissioner of Agriculture, Distinguished Purdue Ag (every year consecutively from 1952 to 1956), and the Shelby County Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer award.
John is survived by his wife, Wanda (Pollitt) Fox of Shelbyville; his children, John C. (Karen) Fox of Shelbyville, Melina (Robert White) Fox of Greensburg and Jana (Ted) Everhart of Shelbyville; his grandchildren, Ted F. Everhart, Matthew Wray Fox, Justin Fox, Vanessa Stewart and Trisha Ann Fox; great-grandchildren, Jimmy Gruss, Nathan Everhart and Clair Fox; and his sister, Betty Rose Nelson of Shelbyville.
John was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Mara Fox.
A visitation will be held for family and friends from 3 to 8 p.m. June 30 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. July 1 at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown. Pastor Gwen Pew will be officiating.
Memorials can be made to Liberty United Methodist Church and Shelby County 4-H Advisory Council c/o the funeral home.