Marvin Foss

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PEKIN - Marvin Eilert Foss, 83, of Pekin passed away at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at his residence.

Born Oct. 14, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Fred W. and Edna (Vomhof) Foss, he married Sharon Lee Cadwell on Aug. 15, 1959, in Iowa City, Iowa. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Wayne (Susan) Foss of Pekin; one daughter, Karen (David) Capper of Iowa City; and four grandchildren, Brian Capper of Minneapolis, Darren Foss of Pekin, Diane Capper of Minneapolis and Emily Foss of Pekin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Orville Foss and Milton Foss.

Marvin attended Mankato State College for one year before enlisting in the United States Navy. He served in the Navy from Jan. 10, 1951, to Sept. 3, 1954, and served aboard the USS Valley Forge during the Korean War.

After his military service, he attended South Dakota State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1957 and later a Master of Science degree in hospital pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1959.

A longtime pharmacist in the Pekin and Peoria area, Marvin was hired as the first pharmacist at Pekin Hospital in 1959 and later worked in various retail pharmacist positions in Pekin for many years. He retired from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria in November 1992.

He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pekin since 1959. He also was a member of the Pekin Church Dartball League, playing on the First Baptist Church of Pekin team.

He was an avid bowler, hunter and fisherman and also enjoyed rooting for his favorite sports teams.

Marvin took great satisfaction in his family, home and profession.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pekin. The Rev. Stephen Barnes will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin and also from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church. Private entombment will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2223 Sheridan Road, Pekin, IL 61554, or to a .

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 16, 2013
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