Bob Foster, 84, of Pella, formerly of Storm Lake, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 at the Long Term Care facility at Pella Regional Health Center in Pella. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 29, at Van Dyk - Duven Funeral Home.
Bob was born on Oct. 12, 1926 in Marshalltown, to James Foster and Bernice (Anderson) Foster. He lived in Marshalltown until his freshman year in high school and moved to Union, to stay with his maternal grandparents. Upon graduating in 1944 from Union, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served four years as radioman in Hawaii and Adak, Alaska. After being honorably discharged from the military, he moved back to Union where he and Coleen Clemens were married on Jan. 24, 1948. To this union, three children were born; two sons, Terry and Scott and daughter, Rona. Bob worked at the Marshalltown Times Republican newspaper office until 1951. He then joined the Iowa State Patrol; first stationed in Parkersburg. In 1959, Bob transferred to Knoxville, then to Storm Lake in 1965, where he began his careers as a patrol pilot ("Bear in the Air"). Bob worked in Storm Lake until 1983. He then retired having accumulated over 10,000 hours in the air as a pilot and providing 31 years of patrol service to the State of Iowa. After retirement, he served as a security guard at IBP in Storm Lake and was employed as an insurance adjuster with Grinnell Mutual. Bob also served as Charter President of the J.C. Organization in Parkersburg and became a Master in the Mason's Organization. He also was a loyal member of the Elks Lodge in Storm Lake.
Bob enjoyed playing golf and cards, boating, photography and spending time in their lake home on the shores of Storm Lake. He also had a strong passion for music and dance. He was known for being a jokester and quite popular for his occasional fly overs with the airplane, and creating his crafty lawn ornament presentation during the holiday seasons throughout the years. He truly loved his family and will be missed by all that knew him.
Bob is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and son Terry. He is survived by his wife Coleen; son Scott (Mary Jo) Foster of Pella; and daughter Rona (Donnie) Loss of Algona; his seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five great-grandchidlren.
Memorials are to be directed to Pella Wildlife, 1203 Columbus Street, Pella, Iowa, 50219.