A Celebration of Life for Andy Foster, 83, of Jefferson, was held Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson with the Rev Julie Poulsen presiding. Granddaughter Dakota Foster sang “My Heart Will Go On.” Lois Last accompanied congregational singing. A Masonic service led by Curt Eason preceded the service.
Andrew Charles Foster was born Oct. 4, 1936, at the family home in Scranton to Paul William Foster and Nana Belle McFadden Foster. When Andy was 2 years old, his mother died. Paul married Kathryn Clark and she became the mother of the Foster family.
Andy was baptized in the Church of Christ in Scranton. He graduated from Scranton High School in 1955. He worked at Finch’s Chevrolet in Scranton for a short time and then began farming. Andy was united in marriage to Diane Robinson on Sept. 6, 1958, and they were the parents of two children, Teri and Nick.
Andy and Diane raised their family on the Robinson family farm in Jefferson. They attended the Jefferson Methodist Church. Andy and Diane were avid bicycle riders. They road bikes all over the country and participated in RAGBRAI several times.
Andy retired in 1998 yet stayed active in farming with his son Nick. Andy was an avid fisherman, and was president of the Old Reel Collectors Association for many years. He was a member of the Morning Star Masonic Lodge #159 and the Za Ga Zig Shrine Temple.
Andy Foster died Feb. 8, 2020, at his home in Jefferson. He was 83 years of age. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife of 54 years, Diane Foster, who died in 2013.
Andy is survived by two children, Teri (Dan) Room of Des Plaines, IL and Nick (Annette) Foster of Jefferson; grandchildren Chuck (Kelsie) Foster of Jefferson, Nicole (James) Timmons of Grand Junction, and Olivia, Bailey, and Marc Room of Des Plaines, IL; great-grandchildren Dakota Foster and Bryce, Aubrey and Mallory Timmons; his brothers Paul Foster of Jefferson, Jerry (Coy) Foster of 29 Palms, CA, and Donald Foster of San Bernardino, CA; sister-in-law, Mary (Terry) Augustus of Ames; other relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Natural Wonders Learning Center in Jefferson. Services were arranged by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson.