2009-08-29 / Obituaries

Roland W. Foster

Roland W. Foster, 93, of Thornville, died at 8:25 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2009, at his residence.

Roland was born August 25, 1915, in Oakthorpe, Ohio, the son of the late Walter and Ruth Rutter Foster.


He attended the Oakthorpe Christian Union Church and lived in the Perry-Fairfield County area all of his life where he farmed and raised sheep. He loved music and played guitar with his brother and other friends.

Surviving are his wife of 74 years, whom he married July 27, 1935, Marie Warren Foster of the home; one son, Dean (Marilyn) Foster of Lancaster; three daughters, Patricia (William) Cassley of Lancaster, Elaine Hardwick of Baltimore, and Chris (Larry) Rhodes of Somerset; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 7 greatgreat grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Fosnaugh of Springfield; a daughter-in-law, Elaine Foster of Thornville; and a special friend, Margaret Winegardner.

In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Foster (2004); a granddaughter, Cheryl Ann Moore (1992); three brothers, Wilbur Foster, Brooks Foster, and Melvin Bailey; two sisters, Roena Griffith, and Marlene Stant (who died Sunday August 23, 2009); and his best friend, Roger Winegardner.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 2009 at the Oakthorpe Church. Burial will be in Oakthorpe Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thornville EMS, P.O. Box 386, Thornville, Ohio 43076, or to FairHope Hospice.

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