Ross Alton Foster, Jr., 96, of Houston, TX went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. He was proud of his military service, his country, and fiercely protective of his family. The family is comforted in knowing he is at peace with the Lord, and He has said, “Well done my good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.
Born August 22, 1922 in Houston, TX to Ross Andrew Foster, Sr. and Ruby Beatrice Reynolds Foster, Ross grew up the oldest of 5, with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Legend has it that he was so small at birth that he fit in a shoe box. As an adolescent, he helped with the younger children and assisted his dad in his repair shop. He graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in 1940, and attended the University of Houston.
Ross A. Foster, Jr served in the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) during WWII and was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on January 24, 1946. He continued to serve in the reserves until he was called back into active duty by the United States Army for the Korean War. He rose to the rank of Master Sergeant, was awarded the Korean Service Medal, 2 Korean Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantry Badge and United Nations Service Medal and was honorably discharged August 21, 1952 (one day before his thirtieth birthday) with the final rank of Warrant Officer Junior Grade.
A devoted husband and father, Ross raised 4 children with his beloved wife, Virginia Mae Grant Foster to whom he was married to for 43 years until she went to be with the Lord. The family spent Sundays in church where Ross served as a Baptist Deacon and Virginia sang in the choir. They were often the last to leave the church. Together they had 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, all who were in awe of the strong man their grandfather was. Ross was married to Margie Foster for more than 30 years and loved her family as his own. They loved to travel and often told stories of their favorite adventures together.
His family and friends will always remember trips to Hilltop Lakes, a kitchen of cookies and ice cream, his love of Dominoes and barbeque. His southern gentlemanly charm will be greatly missed by all.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Ruby, and sister Hilda Mary “Pinky.” He is survived by siblings, Frank, Billy, and Ada Ruth, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund www.fallenheroesfund.org. Ross’s final resting place will be Earthman Resthaven, Houston, TX.
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