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Raymond G. Foster

January 23, 1933 — December 24, 2011

Raymond G. Foster, 78 of Webster died on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at Bethesda Home in Webster. A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday December 30, 2011 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster. Rev. Dwight Fearing will officiate. There will be a prayer service 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on January 23rd, 1933 to Roland and Verna Foster. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Robert and Richard. He is survived by his sister, Glenda McMeekin of Vancouver BC, his wife, Margaret, six children, Kenneth, Julie, Jeff, Susan Bose, Brian and Ruth Hernandez. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; far too many to name. After completing his education at Sioux City Central High School, he served in the Navy during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he married Joyce Streeter (mother of Ken, Julie, Jeff and Susan). He joined the Milwaukee and Great Northern railroad companies for a combined 13 years. This was a job that he never loved more. That of course, being other than the job of being his own boss. After working for the railroad, he worked for Terra Chemical Co, for 19 years. In 1969, he married Margaret Friesen(mother of Brian and Ruth). Ray also had a business in Sioux City, Foster Refrigeration, where he repaired air-conditioners, refrigerators, furnaces, and HVAC systems. This was a skill that he learned in the Navy; his other Navy-taught skill of course, was blowing those little commie bastards sky high. In 1990, he set out to start his own business on Enemy Swim Lake, north of Waubay, SD. Here he opened up his business, later known as Bur Oak Lodge, a recreational resort. This venture was a business that centered around his other passion, being an outdoorsman. Ray was baptized as a Lutheran, although originally he was not a committed Christian. A close friend and co-worker at Terra Chemical led him to be a born-again Christian. This lit a fervent desire to be a devout Christian, and he wanted Christ to change his life for the better. He became known in small circles as the Dakota Preacher Man, and became an active member, at the Open Bible, and the Central Assembly of God Churches in his time at Sioux City. He looked forward to having mens fellowships that would give him the opportunity to bring groups of guys to go on fishing trips. Ray wanted to let everyone know that Jesus changed his life, and that he can change yours, only if you ask him to. So, if you bother to tap an angel on the shoulder to ask Rays whereabouts when you get to heaven, the angel will likely point you to the nearest fishing hole, where all that you catch are keepers, and the big one never gets away.
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