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August 31, 1926 - December 22, 2015
Kenneth G. Foster, 89, of Kansas City, MO, passed away December 22, 2015.
Kenneth was born August 31, 1926, in Kansas City, MO, to William & Flora Foster. Ken became the man of the house at age 11 when his dad passed. He took on an evening job to help the family to include older sister, Marcella and younger brother, Paul. Ken lived his entire life in Northeast Kansas City attending Oakley Methodist Church, North East Junior and Senior High Schools. He graduated in June of 1943, immediately enlisting in the United States Navy to serve his country WWII. Due to the back log of enlistee’s, Ken went to work at the B-25 Factory in Fairfax installing electrical wiring until called to duty.
Upon completion of Boot Camp, Ken was assigned to the U.S. Navy Seabee’s, serving in Combat Operations, Pacific Theater of WWII. Ken completed his Active Duty obligation attaining the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class, but remained in the Navel Reserves for an additional 12 years. On his release from active duty, Ken held various jobs, but was finally accepted by the Postal Service, his job of choice. He worked at the Post Office over 35 years, retiring as the Senior Postal Examiner. Retirement did not stop Ken, as he was not one to sit around. He took on various duties at his boyhood church, Oakley Methodist until it was closed. Ken also served the Northeast Community in delivering Meals on Wheels for 27 years until it also was shut down.
During those first years at the Post Office, Ken was befriended by James Murphy who introduced him to his sister, Mildred “Dolly”. According to Ken it was love at first site. When he saw the red-headed woman standing on the landing, before James could tell Ken it was his sister, he asked, “Who is she? Because that is the woman I am going to marry!” Shortly after their marriage, Ken adopted Dolly’s two boys, Ronald and Richard, passing the Foster name onto both, becoming their dad. Ken & Dolly were married just over 48 years when she suddenly passed in January of 2000.
Kenneth G. Foster was a good Christian, Son, Brother, Husband, Dad and Friend to all he into contact with. To the Murphy side of the family he was called Saint Kenny, having to put up with not only a Red-Headed Spouse, but hosting the Murphy Holiday Gatherings! God knew him to be a Good and Faithful Servant, when Dolly passed he brought another lovely lady into his life, Connie Rameriez who has since been a loving companion.
Today is the Celebration of his life, Kenneth George Foster, a man who looked for the good in all people, sometimes just having to look a little longer and a little harder, but he always found it.