Gerald Jerry E. Foster


Posted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Nikiski resident Gerald "Jerry" E. Foster died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 67.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai. A wake will follow the memorial at the American Legion.

Mr. Foster was born Aug. 9, 1936, in Cle Elum, Wash. He graduated from John R. Rogers High School in Spokane, Wash. He then went to trade school in cabinetry and carpentry. Mr. Foster served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He moved to Alaska in June 1980, residing in Nikiski. He was a steeple jack for flag poles, a union carpenter and master carpenter.

Mr. Foster was a life member of the American Legion, where he was a past commander of post No. 20. He also was a charter member of post No. 4 and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. Mr. Foster also was active in the 40/8 No. 1539 in Kenai, was a past Chef de Gare and a nurses training chair.

Mr. Foster enjoyed hunting, fly fishing, clamming, canoeing and being in the woods. He was a tissue donor.

"He adored his family and loved his extended family," his family said.

Mr. Foster was preceded in death by his son, William Foster.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah, of Nikiski; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Gayleen Foster of Newport, Wash., Michael and Cassie Foster of Nikiski, Daniel and Dawn Savage of Newport, and Patrick Foster of Spokane; daughters, Sherri L. and Patricia Foster, both of Idaho, and Carol Foster of Texas; his parents, Ambrose and Beatrice Foster of Chattaroy, Wash.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marjorie and John Dawson of Puyallup, Wash., and Don and Patricia Workman of Chattaroy; brother, Thomas Foster of Spokane; son-in-law, Brent Willden; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his many friends who were like extended family.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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