Foster E. Alkire

August 26, 1918 ‒ November 17, 2008

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Foster E. Alkire, age 90, of Mount Gilead, went to be with his wife and Lord peacefully on Monday evening, November 17, 2008, at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Roger Waddell in Marion.

On August 26, 1918, Foster was born at home in Prospect, Ohio, the son of the late Charles and Bertha (Slagle) Alkire.

Needing to work at an early age, Foster undertook many positions to help at home. When he was working at the ice plant, delivering ice, he found himself making many trips to the Lee home in Mount Gilead. Amongst the Lee family, was a young woman who Foster fancied, Sarah Ellen Lee, and they would marry soon after on February 6, 1941, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead. For over 60 sixty years, Foster and Sarah did everything together, “as one,” whether they were helping family and friends or going on rides. He has missed his soul mate ever since she passed away on May 8, 2001.

Feeling called to duty, Foster enlisted in the U.S. Army in December of 1942, serving in the European Amphitheater during World War II, as a refrigeration truck engineer and operator.

Upon his honorable discharge, Foster was happy to return to his family and begin working at the H.P.M. Corporation in Mount Gilead. He worked at H.P.M. for over 42 years in many capacities, retiring as an electrician in 1983.

A man of deep faith and devotion, Foster has been a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Gilead for over sixty years, where he has served as a deacon and trustee. He also loved taking tapes, bulletins, flowers and food, to those members who were unable to attend Sunday services. He always spread the joy of the Lord by always saying “God Bless You” instead of simply saying “Goodbye.”

A bit of a perfectionist, Foster kept his garage and yard in immaculate condition, and left the house work to Sarah. His grass and bushes were always well groomed, and his garage floor was so clean his family “could eat off of it” if they wanted.

An avid bird watcher, Foster kept the bird feeders filled to make sure they always had something to eat.

A family man, Foster made it a point to always be there for his family whether it meant attending their events, or just lending a helping hand whenever it was needed. There was never any doubt about how he felt about each of them either, he always told them “love you.”

With his bright smile and warm, outgoing personality, Foster truly loved his neighbors, friends, and fellow church members. He and his wife, Sarah were “true stewards,” caring for and giving to everyone they could

Foster will be dearly missed by his two children: David Alkire of Weston, Florida, and Susan (Roger) Waddell of Marion; six grandchildren: David (Beth) Alkire, John (Cammie) Alkire, Chrissy (Todd) Schneider, Trisha (Mitch) Hutchinson, Dane Strait, and Heather (Tony) Williamson; fifteen great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Jacob Foster, Logan, Layne and Savanna Alkire, Anna, Abigail and Luke David Schneider, Ashley (Brook) Bailey, Haley Hutchinson, Sydney, Noah, Ciarra, and Daejia Strait, and Sarah-Faith Bean; three sisters: Clara Bradley of Fulton, Opal (Ron) Carsner of Cardington, and Clara (Tom) Bryant of Sandusky; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his wife and parents, Foster was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Robert Bradley.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where memorial services celebrating his life will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Dennis Braun officiating. Burial with military honors provided by V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338, or to the American Cancer Society, 870 Michigan Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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