A Celebration of Life will held in the spring

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George “Joe” Andrew Fox Jr.

November 29, 1946 – February 4, 2023

George “Joe” Andrew Fox Jr, 76, of Cloquet, MN passed away Saturday February 4, 2023 in his home.

He was born on November 29, 1946 to George Fox Sr and Ruth (Paitrick) in Cloquet, MN. George grew up in Floodwood, MN and served in the Army after high school.  He was united in marriage to Valerie Swanstrom in 1971.  He worked for Earth Movers and Jerry Waldholm Construction as a heavy equipment operator. George started his small engine repair shop and scrap metal salvage business in 1988.  He was well known by outdoor enthusiasts throughout the region. He enjoyed spending time in his garage, fixing things, visiting with customers, and working on his 40 acre farm. 

George is preceded in death by his parents and his brother David Fox. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Valerie; Daughters Lisa (Rodney) Lund, Crystal Fox, Jessie (Ben) Fox; Grandchildren Jenni Fox, Russell (Krys) Lund, Ariel Raschke, Ryssa Raschke, Connor Raschke, Easton Fox; Great-granddaughter Sequoia Garza; Brothers Jerry (Mary) Fox, Shirley (Crash) Carlson, Danny Paitrick, Patrick (Tracy) Paitrick, Close friends Walt Trettle, Dennis Johnson, and Mark Raich. 

A Celebration of Life will held in the spring.  Cards of sympathy can be sent to Valerie Fox at P.O. Box 164 Esko, MN 55733 

Arrangements entrusted to Twin Ports Cremation Services 218-624-4598.

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