Gordon “Gene” Foust
March 15, 1918 ‒ February 14, 2010
MANSFIELD: Gordon “Gene” Foust, of Mansfield, passed away Sunday morning February 14, 2010 in his home. He was 91.
Gene was born March 15, 1918 in Galion to Gordon and Edith (Curran) Foust and was graduated from Galion High School. Following high school Gene was drafted into the Army fighting for our nation’s freedom during WWII. During the War Gene served in the Pacific Theater as a morse code operator working closely with Navaho Indians sending and receiving coded messages to other troops.
Following the War, Gene relocated to Mansfield and began working with Lloyd Barr who owned 20th Century Pattern Work. After Lloyd’s death Gene bought the business and operated it for over 20 years.
Musically inclined, Gene was self-taught at playing the guitar as well as mandolin. A talented carpenter, he often made picture frames, dressers and bookshelves for family and friends. Gene also enjoyed the outdoors. Throughout his life he hunted squirrel, pheasant, and rabbit, and when his children were younger Gene would take them to the Clear Fork Reservoir on fishing trips.
In his younger years Gene bowled in area leagues and was a member of the VFW and AmVets in Galion.
He will be remembered for his sense of humor and laughter that would fill the room.
He is survived by his six children, son and daughter-in-law Paul and Janet Keller of Galion, daughter Pat Graska of Lexington, son Gordon R. Foust of Mansfield, daughter Penny Eyerly of Mansfield, and sons Kenneth Foust of Lexington and James Foust of Tucson, Arizona; 13 grandchildren Suzie, Tracey, Ty, Johnathon, Jeff, Amy, Guenever, Meagan, Crystal, Craig, Misty, Jessica and Dustin; 29 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law Lawrence and Monica Foust of Galion, sister Daisy “Tootie” Casto of Marion, and numerous nieces nephews and extended family.
Along with his parents Gene was preceded in death by his loving wife Dorcas Foust, sister’s Magdalin Wilson and Betty Mae Ginder, and brother’s Johnny and Leslie Foust.
The Foust family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 from 5-7pm in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11am. Military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow. Burial will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice may be made at the funeral home.
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