Jean LaVonne Fox, 91, of Iroquois and De Smet area, passed away on Tuesday evening, Dec. 7, 2021, at the Huron Regional Medical Center, surrounded by her three daughters.
A funeral service was held at the Methodist Church in Iroquois on Mon., Dec. 13, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation was held at the church in Iroquois on Sunday evening. A private burial was held on Monday prior to the service. Crawford - Osthus Funeral home was in charge of the arrangements with the family. The family held a reception at the De Smet Event Center in De Smet following the funeral services in Iroquois.
Jean LaVonne Fox, the daughter of George and Alice (Johnson) Bressler, was born on April 25, 1930, on the family farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Jean grew up on this family farm and attended country school district number four, graduating from Lake Benton High School in 1948. She then attended Canby Teacher College in Minnesota, and taught two years in a country school. Jean began dating John W. Fox during this time, and they were united in marriage Oct. 21, 1950, in Lake Benton. They lived near Bancroft; then in 1953, John and Jean built their first home near Iroquois, SD, where they raised their family and farmed until retiring and moving to De Smet, S.D.
Jean devoted her life to John and her family. She worked side-by-side with her husband on the farm each day. John and his brother, Darwin, started an auction business along with their lovely wives, who clerked each sale and did all the behind-the-scenes work for the business. Attending activities of grandchildren and great-grandchildren was always a highlight for her. Jean and John danced, played countless games of cards, golfed and traveled. She was a member of the Iroquois United Methodist Church, where she served many years as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School and Bible School teacher and UMW president.
Jean is survived by her children, Cherrlyn (Darrell) Fast of Huron, Kim (Kyle) Gross of Iroquois and Tammy (Jeff) Albrecht of De Smet; 11 grandchildren and 24 great- grandchildren; her brothers, George (Shirley) Bressler, Dick (Cathy) Bressler; sister-in-law, Marion Bressler; brother-in-law, Darwin (Clara Mae) Fox and many nieces and nephews.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; son, Monte and brothers, Glenford, Lee and Carroll.