Neil E. Foss was born in Snohomish County on November 23, 1923. He was the son of Forrest E. Foss and Eva (Wiley) Foss.
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Neil died of pneumonia on March 7, 2014 after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Forrie, Fred, Scott and Clifford; and sister Lois Means.
Neil is survived by Catherine, his loving wife of 47 years, daughters Lori Foss and Barbara Erickson, grandsons Kevin Erickson, and Jesse and Jenifer Erickson and their daughters Savannah and Sabrina Erickson; his sisters-in-law Kelly Foss and Mary McDonald, brother-in-law Ed Barcott; and many nieces and nephews.
Neil graduated from Concrete High School where he was a star athlete. He received a football scholarship from the University of Washington which he attended but left to join the US Air Force where he served as a Lieutenant in the South Pacific during World War II as a B-24 bomber pilot. He had an enduring connection to his bomber crew and kept contact with them over the years. After his discharge, he joined the family logging company, F.E. Foss and Sons where he worked until his retirement.
Neil's hobbies included pool, poker, bridge and reading Western novels. He also was a great football fan. He enjoyed fishing and cruising the San Juan Islands in his power boat "Zivili". Neil was an avid golfer and he and his wife spent many enjoyable winter months at resorts in California and Arizona. He had a special friendship with Earl Morgan and all the crew at Similk Golf Course. He was a generous and true friend. We will miss you Neil. Thanks for the memories!
A private family interment will be held at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes.
Memorials may be made to St. Vincent de Paul at St. Mary Catholic Church, 4001 St. Mary's Drive, Anacortes WA 98221 or Salvation Army Food Bank, 3001 R Ave. Unit 100, Anacortes, WA 98221.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Neil, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street
Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Mar. 12, 2014