Larry Foster

Larry Dean Foster, age 76, died October 26, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at VFW Post 2440 & Auxiliary, located at 128 Third Avenue NE in Independence.

Larry was born July 2, 1944 in Independence to Virgil and Irene Foster. He grew up as a farm kid milking Guernsey cows and helping his dad haul milk to the creamery for the local dairy farmers. He was also involved in 4-H and FFA. In 1966 he joined the National Guard in Ft. Leonardwood.

Larry married Betty Meighan, and they welcomed their first son, Coley, into the world. Larry worked at John Deere and then attended Camp Dodge to acquire his Lieutenant bars. He worked for many years as an Army recruiter, moving around the Midwest with his growing family, which now included Chad and Casey.

In the year 1983 he decided it was time to get back into agriculture and bought 60 registered Jersey cows, and they also welcomed one more daughter, Callie, into the family. The cows left in 1991 due to his rigorous travel with the military. His military career took him all over the world, including Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Soviet Union and many more places. He earned many military awards as well.

Larry and Betty divorced, and he eventually married Marcella Foster and the family grew by two children, Courtney and Josh. Living in Indiana, he started his own trucking business which he and Sally operated until retirement. They then moved to Florida and spent the rest of his years working on his favorite hobbies, grilling, gardening and building and showing off his pulling tractors and mini rods.

Larry is survived by his wife, Marcella Foster; three children: Chad (Heidi) Foster Springfield, MO; Casey (Eric) Stone of Elgin, IA and Callie Courtney of Elgin, MN; two stepchildren: Courtney (Josh) Wiggington of Franklin, IN and Josh (Ashley) Williams of Louisville, KY; nine grandchildren; a brother, Terry (Deb) Foster of Independence; two nephews and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Irene Foster; his son, Coley Foster; and his daughter, Anjela Foster.