GREEL FOSHEE (1925 - 2014)

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GREEL F. FOSHEE 1925 ~ 2014 Greel Foshee, 89, of Red Bluff, passed away from Alzheimer's/Dementia on July 1, 2014 at Willow Springs Alzheimer's Special Care Center, Redding, Ca, with family at his side. In 1925, Greel was born in Clanton, Alabama, Coosa County, to the late Alma and John Foshee, and was the oldest of 7 siblings. He learned to pick cotton and worked the fields with his daddy on the family farm. When his father bought a gristmill, Greel would take corn meal sacks to town on a mule cart. Greel was a veteran. He joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17 before graduating high school. He was trained as an aviation machinist and serviced warplanes. After discharge in 1945, he moved out to San Francisco where he met his future wife, Patricia. He earned his GED and was hired by United Air Lines as an aircraft mechanic in 1946. In 1948, he and Pat were married in San Francisco. Greel placed an ad in the San Francisco newspaper asking for unusual side jobs to make more money. He acted as a bodyguard and a process server, and turned down an offer to jump from the Golden Gate Bridge for five thousand dollars. Greel and Pat raised 3 children. Bud, Kathie and Linda. Over the years, he worked his way up from mechanic to flight engineer, co-pilot, and finally to Captain. He and Pat lived in Chicago, IL; and San Francisco, Long Beach, Garden Grove, Lake Tahoe, and Red Bluff, California. In South Lake Tahoe, he and Pat owned and managed a 3 story boarding house for 8 years, while Greel commuted to San Francisco for his flights. His favorite aircraft was the Boeing 737. He retired in 1986 after 40 years of service with United Air Lines. Greel enrolled in English writing classes at Shasta College during 1997-1999. He wrote stories from memories of his childhood and early adult life. In 1999, he suffered a head injury and didn't return to college. In 2006, his beautiful wife. Pat, passed away too soon. They had been married 58 years. Greel's interests over the years included private flying, reading, motorcycle riding, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, bicycling. Native American and Civil War history, spin classes, college classes, his rose garden, and his family history. Greel's favorite pastime during the last two years was looking for contrails in the sky. Exercise and healthy eating habits were always important to him. Greel had a brilliant mind. He served on the Planning Commission for the Cities of Garden Grove and Red Bluff, CA. He had a vision that became a reality with the creation of the Not Forgotten Flag Memorial on Pine Street in Red Bluff, CA. Greel is survived by his 3 children: son, Greel (Bud) Foshee II (Susan) of Westminster, CA.; and two daughters, Kathie Raglin (Vern) of Red Bluff, CA., and Linda Foshee, of Chico, CA; 8 grandchildren: Robin (Greg), Melanie (Dave), Jaime (Rich), Jeff (Silla), Ryan, Chris, Kimberly (JD), and Marc; and 7 great-grandchildren: Emma, Dahlia, Ava, James, Lucy, Patience, and baby Henry, who was born 6 days after Greel's passing. He is also survived by his siblings: Laurice, Alene, Betty, Ray, and Glen of Alabama. Greel was preceded in death by his beloved wife. Pat; his parents, John and Alma; his brother, John; and his dog, Sam. A special thank you to Willow Springs Alzheimer's Special Care Center for the loving care and support given to our father; to Mercy Hospice; and to Dr. McDaniel and Jason, for the support they gave my father and I. As per Greel's wishes, a private service for family will be held with Honor Guard at Northern California Veteran's Cemetery in Igo Ono, CA. His wife's ashes will be placed with him. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's.org or Mercy Hospice, Redding.
Published in Daily News on July 31, 2014
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