Alexander Knox Jr.
Knox Jr., Alexander Alexander B. Knox Jr., age 94, of Marshfield, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Ministry St Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM Friday, January 13, 2017 at Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home (1010 E. Veterans Parkway) in Marshfield. Visitation will be held at Location from 12:00 Noon until the time of service on Friday. Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield. Alex was born January 25, 1922, the son of Alexander Sr. and Ella (Eggebrecht) Knox in Tela, Honduras (Central America). His father, who was fluent in Spanish, worked for a U.S. owned banana plantation located in Honduras. The family returned to the U.S. in 1923 and settled in El Paso, Texas. They eventually came north to Marshfield, where the Eggebrecht family lived. Alex attended local schools here and graduated from Marshfield High School in 1940. This was all during the Great Depression and jobs were hard to find. His first job was at Blum Brother's Box Factory and later at Marshfield Light and Tower House for 4-5 years. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1942 and served with the Military Police for 3 years and 3 months. Discharged February 1946 with the rank of corporal. He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria Il. For 3 years. Returning home he found work along the way. In the early 1950s he began work at Felker Brothers Manufacturing Company here in Marshfield where he learned to weld. He worked with Felker Brothers for 30 years and retired in 1985. During his employment Alex helped design and fabricate many Felker items. In 1957 Alex was united in marriage to Dorothy Humphreys, who was elected City Treasurer for four terms. In 1998 he established the Dorothy and Alex Knox Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors at Marshfield Senior High School. Alex loved to cook and "putz around" in the kitchen! For many years he helped furnish items for the Methodist Church Annual Cookie Sale. He and Dorothy enjoyed spending time at their cottage in Phillips, at Lake Dardis. Alex was skilled as a carpenter, builder, and designer at his home here and also up north in Phillips. Alex is lovingly survived by his sister: Shirley Gray of Marshfield; a niece: Maureen (Elmer) Handke of Marshfield; their children Jennifer (Robert) Vandeberg of Granton ; Jason Handke of Kewaskum. He will truly be missed. He is preceded in death by his parents: Alexander Sr. and Ella; as well as a brother: William "Bill" Knox. His wife Dorothy in passed away in 1997. "Alex was a kind man- helping others who were in need." He will be very missed. Online condolences may be made at www.hansenschillingfuneralhome.com for your convenience.
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