Thomas E. Foster, Sr.
June 11, 1946 – September 23, 2008
Thomas E. Foster Sr. , 62, passed away on September 23, 2008 in Stayton. He was born June 11, 1946 in Natchez, Miss. He served in the Marines from 1969 to1974. He married Linda Foster on November 2, 1971.His hobbies included classic cars, jewelry, rocks and gems. Family and friends of Tom will always remember him being full of life and generosity. Time spent in the Foster home was often in the kitchen, where he liked to prepare meals while telling stories about life and food, growing up in the south. His joy for life showed most while playing with his grandkids. His children and grandchildren will look back fondly on trips through the summers to the Santiam River, swimming and finding different rocks to bring to him for identification. He had a great sense of humor and was known as a prankster. He will be dearly missed by all those whose lives he touched.Thomas is survived by wife, Linda Foster; children, Thomas E. Foster, Jr. and fiancee, Jessica Smiley, and James Foster and wife Kristina Foster; former daughter-in-law, Kari Foster; grandchildren, Tom’s children Tyler, twins Grace and Lillian, and Madalyn (due November 8th) and Jim’s children Brody, Haily, twins Kaiden and Landen. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27 at Fairview Cemetary in Gates; 2.5 miles east of Mill City, 35960 N. Santiam Hwy. A reception will follow at a the Damon Family home. Arrangements are by Weddle Funeral Home.