The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

Jerry D. Fos­ter died peace­fully on Oc­to­ber 21, 2018, at Sun­rise Se­nior Liv­ing, Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, af­ter a valiant fight with Parkin­son’s Dis­ease and its many side ef­fects. He was 73.

He was born on Novem­ber 29, 1944, in Florence, Alabama, where he grad­u­ated from Cof­fee High School in 1962. In 1966, he grad­u­ated from Univer­sity of North Alabama, Florence, with ma­jors in Bi­ol­ogy and Mil­i­tary Sci­ence. He was com­mis­sioned into the U.S. Army on Au­gust 14, 1966, as an Ar­mor Of­fi­cer. He served two com­bat tours of duty in Viet­nam as an At­tack He­li­copter Pi­lot, from Jan­uary 1968 to Jan­uary 1969 and a sec­ond tour from Septem­ber 1971 to March 1973. He was a Se­nior Army Avi­a­tor and his ser­vice was rec­og­nized by his re­ceipt of two Bronze Star Medals, a Pur­ple Heart, six Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medals, 35

Air Medals, three Army Com­men­da­tion Medals, and oth­ers for his ser­vice. Fol­low­ing Viet­nam, he served two tours in Ger­many, two tours in the Pen­tagon, a year in Sinop, Turkey and one year in Kwa­jalein Atoll, Mar­shall Is­lands, South Pa­cific. He re­tired in Au­gust 1992 as a Lieu­tenant Colonel, hav­ing served our coun­try for 26 years. He then was em­ployed by Synop­tics, Inc. a Ft. Lee, Vir­ginia con­trac­tor. In Au­gust 1999, he was em­ployed by the Fed­eral Civil Ser­vice and worked with the U.S. Navy as a Pro­gram Man­ager at Pax River, Mary­land and re­tired in Novem­ber 2010.

He en­joyed be­ing with fam­ily and friends, flower gar­den­ing and any­thing re­lated to “cars”: re­pair­ing, main­tain­ing, view­ing, and pe­rus­ing car mag­a­zines.

He is pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, James Henry Fos­ter Sr. He is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of 25 years, Sharon Barkley Fos­ter, his mother, Pauline Swin­ford Fos­ter, his brother James and sis­ter-in-law Glenda, his daugh­ters, Amy Clabough (Robert), Ash­ley Fos­ter, Les­ley Fos­ter (Scott Storey) and stepchil­dren John Simko (Cathy) and Les­lie Cur­rle (Jonathan), nine grand­chil­dren, Made­line, Kelly, Phillip, Jack, Katalin, Al­li­son, Michael, Lucy and Finn.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 3, at 11 a.m. at the West Chapel of Ben­nett Fu­neral Home, 11020 W. Broad St. Glen Allen, Va., with a re­cep­tion to fol­low. Fu­ture in­ter­ment will be in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.

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