Richard Ernest (Ernie) Foster, 89, of Piedmont, Missouri passed away at his home surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, June 24th after battling cancer.
Richard Ernest (Ernie) Foster was born October 12, 1931, in Mill Spring to Elmer & Mahala (Annie Boatwright) Foster. Ernie was a member of Bible Way Full Gospel Church. He accepted Jesus into his heart and life in March 2021.
Ernie was united in marriage to Jean on September 7, 1957, at Ramsey, Illinois. During their marriage they lived in a lot of different places and Ernie always did what was necessary to provide for his family. He loved and cared for his wife, two daughters, two grandchildren and two son-in-laws. He enjoyed going fishing, talking about timber and always had a fantastic garden. If you asked a hundred people who Ernie Foster was they would tell you he was an amazing, strong, determined and hardworking logger. He worked in the timber industry for over 65 years. Ernie worked in Missouri, Illinois, California, Colorado, and South Dakota. He cut his last load of logs when he was 85 years old. Ernie always had a story to share and loved to say silly things to make others laugh. We will miss our dad & papa’s wonderful/silly presence everyday, but we are so grateful for the time we had with him.
Ernie is survived by his wife Jean Foster of Piedmont, two daughters Pam (Kenny) Sutton of Patterson and Tammy (Curtis) Crowley of Knob Noster, MO; two grandchildren Breeanna (Danny) Vannier of Tinker AFB, OK, and Jordan (Lizzy) Sutton of Greenville, MO; one sister Pauline Gowen of Oroville, CA, and one brother in law Roger Chilton of St Peters, MO. Plus, a lot of nieces and nephews.
Ernie is preceded in death by his parents Elmer & Annie Foster, sisterś Lora, Bucycle, Lou, Margaret, Peggy, Kathleen, Betty, three brotherś Leonard, Gene, Jimmy, three nephews Genie (Larry) Dickerson, Joe Foster, & Leon Foster, nieces Carol Foster and Geneva Million.
Pallbearers: Jordan Sutton (grandson), Daniel Vannier (grandson in law), Johnny Radford (friend), John Radford (pastor), Robert Kamer (family friend), Mike Gossett (family friend). Honorary pallbearers are Don Tucker and Johnny Ijames.
Funeral service was held at Ruegg Funeral Home, Piedmont, MO, on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 2:00 pm, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor John Radford lead the service. Burial followed in Patterson Cemetery. In honor and memory of Ernie, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or you can plant a tree. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at www.rueggfuneralhomes.com
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