Joe C. Foster Jr.

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Joe C. Foster Jr. Joe C. Foster Jr., (age 88) died on April 20, 2013, after suffering a stroke. The son of Joe C. Foster Sr., and Grace McComb Foster, Joe was born on February 5, 1925, in East Lansing, Michigan. He attended Wabash College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He then served as a Navy officer in the Pacific during World War II. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1949. Joe and Janet Shanks Foster were married on July 6, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois. He was a partner in the Lansing law firm of Fraser, Trebilcock, Davis and Foster, PC, where he practiced for 51 years. He then became a founding partner in the Foster, Zack, Little, Pasteur and Manning law firm. Joe was active in the community and in professional organizations at the local, national and international levels. He served as President of the Okemos Board of Education, Chairman of the Board of Sparrow Hospital, and President of the of Ingham County, the Community Nursing Bureau and the Automobile Club of Lansing. He was President of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, on the Governing Board of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and on the Joint Editorial Board for the Uniform Probate Code. He chaired several sections and committees of the Michigan and American Bar Associations. A writer and frequent speaker on legal subjects, he was selected as one of the "Best Lawyers in America." He was proud to be a lawyer and often said he was amazed to be paid to do something he enjoyed so much. Family and friends will remember Joe as a man of the highest integrity, a master storyteller and a consummate gentleman. Joe is survived by his wife, Jan, and five children: Cathy (Rick) Young of Waterloo, Iowa, Susan Foster of Rancho Santa Fe, California, Tom Foster (Steve Dahllof) of Middleburg, Virginia, John (Laura) Foster of Atherton, California, and Amy (Clay) Trenz of Bend, Oregon. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Kelly Young Delveau, Travis (Deb) Young, Mike (Dodie) Young, Dana (Blake) Curton, Michael Ambrose, Jason (Ashley) Ambrose, Sam Foster, Joe Foster, Pete Foster, Max Trenz and Reed Trenz. There are 9 great-grandchildren. Among the survivors is his former son-in-law, Don (Diana) Ambrose of Del Mar, California. Mr. Foster was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Mark Young. A family committal service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C. Memorials may be sent to the "Jan and Joe Foster Scholarships" at the Lansing Community College Foundation, P. O. 40010, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210 (on-line at or a .

Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 28, 2013
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