Nathan Fox

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Nathan Fox…The Man, The Myth, The Legend (or so he thought), left this world on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at 3:32 a.m. in his home in Freeburg, IL. Nathan was born on Sunday, August 1,1993, in Belleville, IL.

Nathan was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Lloyd and Alice Yarber; a grandfather, Stanley Jung; two infant sisters, April Lynn and Alexandra Leann; and a cousin, Logan Adams.

Nathan is survived by his parents, Brian and Lisa, nee Jung, Fox of Freeburg, IL; his son, Ronan Jett Fox Atwell of Tennessee; his fur son, Morty Fox of Freeburg, IL; grandmother, Mary Jung of Freeburg, IL; grandparents, Robert and Joy Fox of Coulterville, IL; three sisters, Krystal (Gavin) Noble of Freeburg, IL, Brianna Fox of Freeburg, IL, and Gabby Fox of Freeburg, IL; two brothers, Shane (Abby) Yarber of Mascoutah, IL, and Manuel Jacinto of Belleville, IL; two beautiful nieces, Alexis and Zoey Noble; his special friend, Alisa Benak; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The night you left my son, was a very strange night. We woke from our sleep at 3:32a.m. to deal with the news that you had chosen to leave us. This was more than we could comprehend. We sat outside several hours and cried just waiting for the opportunity to see you one last time. We all had so many questions and not enough answers. The pain here at our home was eerie. Uncle Mike came right away, Uncle Troy and Aunt Sherri were here also, no one knowing what to say or do. The cries were deafening.

Now that the shock has worn off just a bit, we need to focus on the life we all loved and enjoyed; the silly somewhat crazy man we knew and loved. You were most definitely “the life of the party”. Whether you were fighting with us or making us laugh, you were always there; always a great son, grandson, brother, uncle, father, and friend. As a son, you made our lives anything but boring, as a grandson, you drove your grandmother insane but were always there for her. As a brother, you never left a dull moment, as an uncle, you were the bomb when you weren’t being mean, as a friend, you were brutally honest, but would still give the shirt off your back to help anyone.

As a father, you were the best! You gave your only son up for adoption one month ago, but only to the two people you trusted to raise the biggest part of your heart. Alan and Breanna Atwell created a bond with you that can never be broken. Their hearts are broken for you but are proud to have a part of you to raise and teach him what a wonderful father he had. They will tell him about you and how great you were.

As a dad to your fur son, Morty, you were the best. He was always excited to pick you up from work and get his fresh donut from Circle K on the way home. You treated Morty better than you treated most people. He loves you and is so devastated that you are gone. He is so sad and looks for you all over the house.

You were an extremely stubborn and opinionated person, I’m sure the time will come when we miss that part of you. For now, we just MISS the hell out of you.

We will miss you forever and always son. Love, Mom.

Nathan was a member of St. Clair Masonic Lodge #24 in Belleville, IL, and the Mascoutah Moose Lodge #815 Mascoutah, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family, to be split between alcohol rehabilitation and suicide prevention. The remainder will be put in a trust for Ronan. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Moose ritual will be held at 11:30 a.m., followed by a Masonic ritual and final goodbyes.


12 Comments on Nathan Fox

Amanda Carter said : Guest Report Oct 04, 2022 at 7:31 PM

RIP and FlyHigh Nathan.! You were a great best friend! Will always miss you.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Sandra Bloos said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2022 at 7:48 PM

Mary, I just found out about your loss. I can not imagine the hell you are going through. I know how much you dearly loved Nathan. I can not stop thinking about you. I am praying for you and your whole family. God has Nathan in his arms now. My thoughts and prayers are with you, my friend.

  • IL
James Egler said : Guest Report Jul 10, 2022 at 3:15 AM

I'm so sorry to hear about Nathan's passing. My prayers to you and you family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Billie Hutcherson said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2022 at 12:24 PM

Our deepest sympathy, love and prayers are extended to you, Lisa, and all of your family members. We cannot imagine the depth of your grief and if there is anything that we can do to assist, please let us know. With love and affection, Bill and Suzanne Hutcherson

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Alisa Benak said : Guest Report Jul 07, 2022 at 1:15 PM

Nathan was my boyfriend and the father of our baby. I remember the day I told him I was pregnant, that was the best day of our lives but we made the decision that was best for our son. He had such a goofy personality and he always made sure I was OK and everyone else around him was OK, I'm gonna miss him like crazy and I hate that out relationship had to end this way.... I love and miss you so so much baby, I will never ever forget you ❤

  • Belleville
  • Il
Rhonda Rowney said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2022 at 9:04 PM

Sorry for the loss of your son Lisa and your grandson Mary . There isn’t words that can describe the hurt. Prayers are with you and your family.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Lakesia said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2022 at 5:08 PM

My condolences to you Mary J and your family, praying for you all may God give you the strength you need to get through this difficult time🙏

  • Fairview Hts
  • Illinois
Andrea Sonnenberg said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2022 at 4:59 PM

This is a beautiful tribute to Nathan. He touched so many lives. All my love to your family.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Karen Kalert said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2022 at 4:40 PM

Nathan you was a very sweet person and you was funny and we had a blast when you was at AL and Mary house. You will be missed. Alisa sorry for loss and his parents to. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Melody and Robert Burton said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2022 at 1:28 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. You were a great father and boyfriend to my niece Alisa. You will be missed dearly. I wish we could have gotten to know you better. We will miss you.

  • Clermont
  • Florida
Mary and Al Benak said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2022 at 12:44 PM

We are so sorry for your loss and also for our daughters loss. Nathan will be missed by many.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Aunt Tere said : Guest Report Jul 06, 2022 at 11:49 AM

There are no words to express how much I will miss Nathan. He was and still is one of a kind. I will miss his jokes, his grin, his standing beside me, and measuring his height to mine. When we did talk seriously, he was brutally honest about his beliefs, his opinions, his feelings. Didn’t always agree, but as he told me, “ this is how it really is”. When I think of Nathan, I always see him having fun and doing outrageous things because it was ‘more fun this way’. Love you Nathan, always will. If I feel a breeze when I am standing, I will say “Nathan, I know you’re taller, Who isn’t?” Forever and Always. Aunt Tere (took you forever to figure that one out!)

  • Clarksville
  • TN

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