Virgil Lee Foster was born in Alton County, Missouri, on April 29, 1929, to William Dan and Mary Roberta Foster. He was the youngest of nine children: William Dan “JR”, Charles, James, Frank, Walter, Elizabeth, Eloise and Imo Jean Grace. His schooling included schools in Wapello, Iowa as well as Washington State where his family moved when he was a boy.
He was an electrician in charge of the maintenance of planes that flew over Spain while he was stationed there with the U.S. Air Force. He was given an Honorable Discharge in 1962.
He eventually returned to Grays Harbor and married Judy Momot. They had three children and were later divorced. He married Pauline Alexander in 1968. She had three boys by a previous marriage and together they had four children. Their children included John William Alexander Jr., Vanessa Renee’ Ballew (Carl), Bryan A. Alexander (Susan), Keith B Alexander (Lisa), Jody Ray Foster (Tammy), Travis Lee Foster (Teressa), Heather Louise Cordelia Murray (Jaime), and Josh Dan Foster (Lexi). He has twenty-six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and multiple nieces and nephews.
During his life time he had many different occupations, including electrician, log truck driver, body & fender repair shop owner, diesel mechanic, and farmer. Folks knew there wasn’t much he couldn’t do once he set his mind to it. His strong Christian faith was evident throughout his life. He knew things. He went home to be with his Savior and Lord on June 29, 2012.
There will be a celebration potluck to honor his life at the family home in Montesano at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013.