Richard Foster Sr., 89, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Covington, Tenn., and resident of Baton Rouge. He was a loving father, whom his children nicknamed "Teddy Bear." He was also known for his brilliant mind and sense of humor. He served as a staff sergeant in the Army Air Corps from January 1941 to January 1946. He attended LSU and graduated in 1948 with a degree in chemical engineering. He was a chemical engineer for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, having retired in 1984. He also was an inventor credited with five U.S. patents. Visiting at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Thursday, Nov. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11:30 a.m. until service at 1:30 p.m. Survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, ClaraBelle LeBeouf Foster; son, Richard E. Foster Jr. and his wife, LaWanda; four daughters, Deborah Davison and her husband, Robert "Bobby," Linda Medine and her husband, Johnny, Pamela Martin and her husband, Fred, and Betty Messina and her husband, Randy; 12 grandchildren, Richard Foster III, Adam Foster, Brandi LaBruzzo, Dustin and Kourtney Davison, Crystal Chaisson, Dylan Martin, Jacob Medine, Laci Martin and Randy Jr., Corey and Hollie Messina; and nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Jessie Foster; sister, Stella; and two brothers, Jimmy and John. Pallbearers will be his seven grandsons. Special thanks to Dr. Brian and Dr. Stephen Gremillion and caring nurse with Our Lady of the Lake, Natalie. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed. Please visit the online guestbook at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2010