Ralph E. Foster, age 92, of Lockport, NY, entered into rest on Saturday, June 1, 2013 in Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo, NY. Ralph was born in Harmarville, PA on May 31, 1921. He was the son of the late Samuel J. and Lillian E. (Schreiber) Foster.
Mr. Foster proudly served in the United States Army during WWII as a Combat Infantryman, seeing action in Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. His Decorations and Citations include EAME Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star and GO 164 HQ Infantry Division. For several years, Ralph was employed by the General Motors Engine Plant in Tonawanda, NY in the sheet metal division, maintenance department. Ralph was a member of the American Legion LL Tillman Post #900 in Akron. An avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as planting flowers. Throughout the years he planted many trees giving back to nature for generations to come. He enjoyed just walking through the woods, always admiring God's beauty and memorizing all types of flowers and plants. He could recall any of them when questioned. He also was known for his honey beehives, which he enjoyed sharing the honey with his family and countless friends. Even if he did get stung many times it was enjoyable for him. Mr. Foster will forever be known for his kindness to all that knew him. He was a man of his word and truly understood the importance of family. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
Ralph was the loving and devoted husband of 70 years to Coletta (Hoerbelt) Foster, whom he married on May 1, 1943. Dear father of Linda (Bob) Finger, Pat (Russ) Hendrick and the late Alan E. Foster; cherished grandfather of nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; brother of Mildred (late Steven) Veda, Alice B. Foster, Helen Satterthwaite and the late William R. (Evelyn) Foster. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews; and loyal friend of Ed Avis and Bill Bennett.
Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-7 PM in the CHILDS FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 10 Eckerson Ave., Akron, where funeral services will take place on Wednesday at 11 AM. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Ralph's memory would be appreciated by the family to the Wolcottsville Fire Co., 6337 Wolcottsville Rd., Akron, NY 14001; Mercy Flight, 100 Amherst Villa Rd., Buffalo, NY 14225 or www.mercyflight.org; and Honor Flight Buffalo, PO Box 338, Buffalo, NY 14223 or www.honorflightbuffalo.org.