Obituary of Raymond Foster Jr.
Raymond O. Foster, Jr., (affectionately known as “Boom”) of Tiverton, RI and Oconomowoc, WI, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 24, 2017.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri to Raymond O. and Elizabeth (Maddux) Foster, he grew up in Columbus, Ohio and was a kicker on the Grandview High football team. He attended the Ohio State University where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He remained close with many fraternity brothers throughout the course of his life, and loved to share his fond fraternity stories with his family and friends. He remained an avid OSU fan throughout his life. Go Buckeyes! He was a member of the ROTC at OSU, served our nation proudly and was Honorably discharged as a Second Lieutenant during the Korean War.
Ray met the love of his life, Anne Pryor, a fellow OSU co-ed, on a blind date set up by his fraternity brother, and they married and were together for 64 years until she passed last year. They were a dynamic duo in the communities in which they lived. Ray spent his working career as a food broker and was a sales manager for J.M. Smucker, a VP at Holsum Foods, then started his own company where he received numerous national awards as broker of the year. He and Anne loved to travel throughout the world with business associates and friends.
After Ray’s retirement, he served as the President of the Village of Oconomowoc Lake for twelve years, and served on the Planning Commission. Ray was very active in the community and a supporter of many causes, including the Lake Country Free Clinic, Angel’s Grace Hospice, the Arrowhead Scholarship Fund, where he received the Spirit Award for his fundraising efforts and a spirit scholarship named in his honor. He was a lifelong devoted Rotarian, and received the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International for his efforts.
Ray was an active golfer and was a member of Chenequa Country Club and served on the Club's membership committee. He was also a member of Pine Lake Yacht Club and Oconomowoc Lake Club and enjoyed judging sailing races for many years. He thoroughly enjoyed Vaude-Villities while living in Ohio (a non-profit music and dance performance group), and curling at the Kettle Moraine Curling Club.
He is survived by his daughters Deborah (Peter) Lin, Lisa (Mark) Werner and Linn (Steven) Freedman, seven grandchildren, Marissa (Benjamin) Cirker, Brian (Amanda) Lin, Joanna (Keon) Briggs, Amanda and David Werner, and Samantha and Adam Freedman, and three great grandchildren, Chloe, Evan and Quentin. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service celebrating his life will take place at the Oconomowoc Lake Club (WI) on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
Donations in his memory may be made to:
Lake Country Rotary Foundation
142 East Capitol Drive
Hartland, WI 53029
Arrowhead Scholarship Foundation
Ray Foster Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 462
Hartland, WI 53029
VNS of Newport and Bristol Counties
1184 E. Main Rd.
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Or the charity of your choice.
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