Foss, Duane "Bud" W. (87) recently of Eau Claire, died May 2, 2012, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law (Cindy and Dr. Mark Olson) where he had lived for the last 10 years. Bud was born February 8, 1925, in Wheaton, MN. He was the son of Alice (Peterson) and Emil Foss. He was one of five children. Bud grew up in Golden Valley, Minnesota where he dropped out of high school his senior year to join the Navy and serve his country. He was later granted his diploma from Robbinsdale High School. He served in the Navy from 1943 - 1946 during WWII. In the Navy he was a gunner, radio-man and played taps. He also served in the Air Force Reserves from 1950-1955. Bud married Doris Smith on August 25, 1944 in California (where Bud was stationed) after a whirlwind 3 week romance. After the war they relocated back to Minnesota. Bud graduated from law school in 1951. He served on the City Council in Golden Valley for 3 years. He sold real estate prior to working for West Publishing Company as a salesman in Illinois. He retired to his home on the Chippewa Flowage in Couderay, WI where he raised and sold day lilies. He lived up north for 24 years until Doris passed away. They were married 57 years. He then moved to Eau Claire to live with Cindy and Mark. In addition to his large family Duane enjoyed fishing, flowers, the stock market, golf and Fox News. He was a member of the Lions Club, 32nd Degree Shriner and Commander of the Legion. Bud was preceded in death by his wife Doris on December 15, 2001, his parents; his brother, Ron; a sister, Donna; and granddaughter, Shannon. He is survived by two sons, Michael (Judy) Foss of Minneapolis, MN and Ron (Toshii) Foss of Mililani, Hawaii; three daughters, Juli Neill of South Lake Tahoe, CA, Cindy (Mark) Olson of Eau Claire, WI, and Chris Schommer of Tulsa, OK; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barb (Jack) Voddea of Campbell, CA and Sandy Lester of Plymouth, MN. He also leaves behind a very dear companion and friend Dagny Johnson. We will be celebrating his life from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9th at Cindy & Mark Olson's home, 110 Vale Lane, Eau Claire, WI with a pastor's address at 7:00 p.m. A private family burial will follow the next morning at Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #53. Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving Bud's family. To sign the guestbook or share memories online, please visit www.chippewavalleycremation.com
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Published in Star Tribune on May 6, 2012