In Memoriam : Edward Foster, Sr.

Edward Foster, Sr. Edward S. Foster, Sr. - age: 97
(September 12, 1919 to August 05, 2017 )
Resident of Benton, Illinois

Visitation Information:
Mr. Foster's wishes were to be cremated with no services.

Edward S. Foster, Sr., age 97, of Benton, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Stonebridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Benton.

Mr. Fosterís wishes were to be cremated with no additional services.

Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.
Mr. Foster was born on September 12, 1919 in Wilmington, DE, the son of Clarence S. Foster and Pearl (Albright) Foster. He married the former Helen Scarborough on September 13, 1947 and she preceded him in death on July 24, 2014.

He graduated Newark High School, Newark, DE in the Class of 1937.
He farmed the family farm in Newark while working on the University of Delaware Farm, where upon leaving, helped promote the first woman ever to hold his then head position. In 1974, he moved his farming operations to Akin, IL, where he remained, until entering Stonebridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in July 2011. He was the proprietor of one of the areaís best, small family owned orchards, producing much desired peaches and apples. He was also a successful firewood supplier, and was well liked for his wit.

Mr. Foster was an especially devoted grandfather to Sherry Lynn Foster Gigous and Wendy Foster Kovach, and beloved great-grandfather to Augustus, Adora, Mahalabelle, Idyllwylde Gigous, and Maria Kovach. He left a big impression and a lot of wisdom to them all. So, beloved was he by his grandchildren that the drawing of Ed accompanying this obituary was done in tribute by his great-grandchild Adora.

He is survived by his son Edward S. Foster, Jr., two granddaughters: Sherry Gigous and Wendy Kovach, and five great-grandchildren: Augustus, Adora, Mahalabelle, Idyllwylde Gigous and Maria Kovach.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter Mary Anne, a brother, two sisters, and a grandson-in-law Charlie Gigous.

Memorial contributions may be made In Memory of Mr. Foster, to the Benton Public Library or to the Alzheimerís Association.

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