Des Moines Register
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
March 12, 2003
OBITUARY ~ CHARLES WILLIAM FOSTER, DES MOINES
Charles William FOSTER, 81, of the 3300 block of E. 25th Street in Des Moines, died of pneumonia on Sunday, March 9,
2003, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center. Services will be held Thursday, March 13, at 1 p.m. at Hamilton's Funeral
Home, 605 Lyon, in Des Moines. Burial, with military rites, will follow in Maplerow (sic) Cemetery in Kellerton
following the service.
Charles was born on March 14, 1921, in Kellerton. The son of Ira William FOSTER and
Rebecca Elizabeth MARRS FOSTER, he lived in Colorado, California and Minnesota before moving to Des Moines in
1963. His many occupations included lumberjack, town constable, cab driver and bartender. He retired from Hoxie
Fruit Company/Continental Iowa in 1985 where he worked as a computer operator. He enjoyed horseshoe pitching, bowling,
playing cards and collecting baseball cards. He was also an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.
A U.S. Army veteran, Charles was
inducted on October 27, 1942, from Camp Dodge, Iowa, and served in battles in the Rhineland and Central Europe during
World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge. He received the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern
Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on December 30, 1945.
Charles is survived by his wife, Kay [Frances (DUDGEON)]; three sons, Royce of Darlington, Indiana, Larry of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and
Randy of Des Moines; three daughters, Myrna FOSTER of Des Moines, Cheryl MUNSON of Ankeny, and Tammra FOSTER of West
Des Moines; two brothers, Virgil of Sun City, Arizona, and Ira of Smithville, Texas; one sister, Virginia JOHNSTON
of Des Moines; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons,
Gary [William FOSTER, February 11, 1976, interment Maple Row Cemetery]
and Michael [Dean FOSTER, September 28, 1955, interment Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton]; five brothers, Forrest, Farrell, Chester, James and Ralph; and one sister, Alice FOSTER.
family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
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