Hugh F. “Foot” Foster, 95, Parsons, died at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born June 8, 1913, at Sherman City to Benjamin H. and Frey Fehrenbach Foster. He spent his early life in Sherman City and graduated from the McCune High School in 1931.
He served in World War II and again in the Korean War with the 930th Ordnance Company from Parsons.
In his early adult life he was employed by the Coca Cola Co. in Parsons. After World War II he began employment with the Ankortite Company, later named Dayton-Superior. At Ankortite he started in the shipping department, later was factory supervisor and finally personnel supervisor, retiring after 32 years of service. Also, during these years he worked part time at Greenfeather’s Service Station which was owned by his friend Tom Greenfeather.
In 1981, after retiring from full time employment he began working part time at the Burris-Carson-Wall Funeral Home and continued in that capacity until he was well past 90 years old. Also during this time he worked part time at the Nichols Clothing Store and then at the Lambert-Duffy-Melone store.
He was long an active member of the Brown-Bishop Post 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars and had served as commander and held other offices. For more than 20 years he worked the bingo events at the post. He also was a past commander of the American Legion in Parsons.
For five years he operated the Kiwanis train at Forest Park in Parsons. When his sons were in school he helped manage a band that they and several friends were in.
Hugh joined the Catholic church in 1951 while on ship during the Korean War and for many years was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and later St. Patrick’s Church. He often served as an usher at church. In later years he attended the First Assembly of God Church and became a member of that church.
On May 13, 1939, he and Edna Marie Westhoff were married in South Mound. She died May 27, 1977.
He married Hazel G. Hudkins Root on Sept. 8, 1979, in Parsons. She survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Jeffrey H. Foster, Chanute, and Terry J. Foster, Springfield, Ore.; a step-daughter, Renee Brumley, Ozark, Ark.; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a half-brother, Don Foster, Parsons.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Lynn and Ross Foster; a sister, Neva Bray; two half-brothers and two half-sisters.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God Church in Parsons with the Rev. John Chastain officiating. The burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Fort Scott National Cemetery, with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the First Assembly of God Church or to Hospice Care of Kansas.