Ralph 'Baldy' Foster
Ralph H. "Baldy" Foster, 88, a longtime resident of Klamath Falls, died of natural causes at his residence at Linkville House June 21, 2013.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in the auditorium at Roosevelt Elementary School, 1125 N. Eldorado Ave., with military honors provided by the Oregon Military Funeral Honors.
Mr. Foster was buried next to his wife Faith at Klamath Memorial Park.
He was born in Mount Shasta City, Calif., Feb. 16, 1925, and lived in Southern Oregon most of his life.
He graduated from Klamath Union High School in 1943. He especially loved and excelled in sports. In his senior year, he was a member of KUHS mythical state championship football team. That same year he was selected first-team, all-state on the KUHS state championship basketball team. He was co-captain of the track team that placed fifth that year.
He joined the United States Navy
in the summer of 1943 and served as a radioman on an LST in the South Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II
. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and attended Oregon State College, now Oregon State University.
He next transferred to Southern College, now Southern Oregon University, where he played football and basketball for the Red Raiders.
He married Janice Tucker in 1951 and they had three children. They were divorced in 1973.
Baldy started his teaching and coaching career at Roosevelt Elementary School. He also taught and coached at Fremont Junior High School and Klamath Union High School. He was especially proud to have helped start the present-day girls basketball and cross country programs. He was selected to KUHS Hall of Fame in four categories.
He retired in 1982 and married Faith Brock in 1984. She preceded him in death in January 2012. They enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and entertaining their friends and clubs with their numerous original costumes. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post No. 1383, American Legion Post No. 8, Masonic Lodge No. 77 and Hillah Shrine Club.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Kathy Foster of Klamath Falls; his son Thomas in Hawaii; his daughter and son-in-law Janice and Frank Amuchastegui of Talent, Ore.; grandchildren Allyson, Alex and Aaron Foster and Nick and Luke Amuchastegui.
In addition to his wife Faith, he was preceded in death by his sisters Lela Bates and Wilda Russell and his brothers Calvin and Wes Hammerly.
Those wishing to do so may send contributions in memory of Mr. Foster to Klamath Hospice Inc., 4745 S. Sixth St., Klamath Falls, OR 97603, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 3101 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201.
Ward's Klamath Funeral Home, 541-882-4404 is in charge of the arrangements.
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