OBITUARY Samuel Erik Foxvog, 27, of Tiskilwa, IL, died on December 24, 2019, following a vehicle accident in Maryland. Born in Athens, Ohio on August 7, 1992, Sam was one of two sons of Jim and Meg (Shephard) Foxvog. He attended Princeton High School, then studied social science at Hesston College in Kansas and Goshen College in Indiana, graduating in 2017. He served as a volunteer with homeless ministries in Oregon and California and later worked as an English teacher in China and Thailand. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Meg; brother, Daniel; grandmother, Margie; and extended family. A memorial service will be held at Willow Springs Mennonite Church in Tiskilwa, IL on January 18 at 4 pm. Visitation will be at the church at 3:00, and we will have a potluck dinner following the service with more time for sharing about Sam’s life. Informal or formal attire is acceptable.
Samuel’s Christian faith was important to him. He was baptized by Plow Creek Mennonite Church at Menno Haven in 2010. He served as an active part of Revive Indiana while living in Goshen. He expressed many times that he was not afraid to die.
Sam was a man of many dreams and visions. He considered himself a “legal warrior” working for justice, planning on becoming an official paralegal and considering eventually a lawyer. Some of his major concerns included “equalism” (treating men and women equally while respecting differences), helping people with brain injuries and publicizing the dangers of American football, and the treatment of people in prisons and mental health facilities. He considered himself a journalist and contributed to newsofx. Sam was looking into becoming a CNA. He was an artist, mostly in watercolour; most of his portfolio was destroyed in the accident. He was working on an illustrated calendar and a children’s book the week of his death.
Samuel loved the outdoors. He liked fishing, identifying and using wild plants, and making fires. He enjoyed hunting, especially with a slingshot or a pellet rifle. He loved streams so it was fitting he died by one. His last night’s sleep was outside under the stars.
Memorial gifts can be made to the two non-profits Samuel actively helped, Seed of Hope Farm and The Bison Foundation.