Robert E. Foster Sr., 84, of Green Valley, passed away at 8:55 pm Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his home.
He was born January 22, 1936 in East Peoria the son of Lillian Price. He married Elizabeth Howard on October 6, 1968 at Dillion Mennonite Church, and she survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mary Tarrant of Green Valley; three sons, Robert E. (Laura) Foster, Jr. of Lansing, Matthew Foster of Green Valley, and Mark (Elana) Foster of Bloomingdale; four grandchildren, Morgan Foster, Liam Tarrant, Sofie and Molly Foster; and one sister, Dolly Davis of Morton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and three sisters.
Robert worked at Pabst Brewery in Peoria for 20 years and Hopedale Medical Complex in Hopedale for over 15 years.
He was a United States Army Veteran.
He was a member of Dillon Mennonite Church, where he served as Sunday school treasurer, a member of Silver Sneakers at the YWCA in Pekin, and volunteered many hours to help children and adults with reading.
He enjoyed gardening, radio electronics, tinkering at his workbench, Southern Gospel music, playing the harmonica and the piano by ear, and made children’s games.
A private graveside service will be Monday, August 24, 2020 at Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan. Pastor Robert Nafziger will officiate. There will be no visitation. Davis-Oswald Funeral Home in Tremont is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Dillion Mennonite Church or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
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