Arthur R. Fox, age 86 of Eau Claire, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, May 01, 2014, at Dove Healthcare South in Eau Claire.

Art was born on September 30, 1927, in Lyndon Station WI, to John and Anna (Trainor) Fox and spent his childhood on the Fox Family Farm with his brothers and sisters who called him Artie.

Art trained professionally in Ohio to be a meat-cutter and was a proud member of the Meat Cutters Union. During his professional work life he was a meat-cutter for A&P and National Foods (K-Mart) in Eau Claire. Later, he worked for and retired from Randalls Foods on London Rd. Customers coined him the “Randalls Meat Man” because of his wave hello, dedication and friendliness when serving them at the meat counter.

On May 26, 1976 Art married Delores Wilkie at Sacred Heart Chapel in Eau Claire, WI.

Art had a love for the outdoors especially his pond in Lyndon Station where his grandchildren, nieces and nephews enjoyed swimming and relaxing in the sun with him. This is where he also taught those to fish, hunt and use a bow. He passed on his love, respect of the earth and nature through his garden that contained his prize tomatoes and pumpkins. His shed walls were lined with the many antlers of the deer he had hunted.

At his home in Eau Claire he proudly displayed his favorite catch. A 2+lb. pumpkinseed sunfish he caught in his small pond.

Art is survived by his wife of 36 years, Delores; two step-sons, Jerry (Ruby) Wilkie and Mark (Pat) Wilkie of Eau Claire; a brother, Bernard Fox of Mauston; sisters, Bonita Hrdlicka of Evansville and Mary Agnes (Charles) Matson of CA; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and LeRoy Fox; and a sister, Arlene Bates.

We will always remember that you were a “Best Friend” and a very kind-hearted gentle man who always smiled.  We will pass on your teachings of fishing, hunting and how to use a bow, your love of the earth in gardening tomatoes and pumpkins. Art often told others they were a “good man” or “good gal”.  But all who knew Art truly knew who the good man was.

Today heaven received another angel. We love you so much and you will be dearly missed. We know you’re watching over us now and taking care of your own pond in the sky. High-fives and birthdays will never be the same.

Visitation will be on Monday, May 5, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lenmark Gomsrud Linn Funeral Home, 814 First Avenue, Eau Claire, with a Public Prayer Vigil beginning at 6:30. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 117 N. Juneau St., Lyndon Station WI, 53944, with a visitation one hour prior to the Mass at church. Father Valentine Joseph will be officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Lyndon Station WI.