Lyle Foster, 71, of Armenia Township, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, after a courageous three-year battle with lung cancer.
Surviving are Janice, his beloved wife of 37 years; two children, David Foster of Colorado and Shelly (Keith) Flesch of Hanover; four stepchildren, Gary Wandell of Horseheads, Debra (Vince) Thomas of Morris, Holly Wandell (Kay Pepper) of Canton and Amy Roof of Towanda; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two siblings, Larry (Sheila) Foster of Canton and Debbie (Michael) Pateski of Philadelphia; two uncles, Harold (Phyllis) Foster of Ulster and James (Connie) Van Horn of Elmira; numerous cousins and many friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by two infant brothers, Dale and Leo Foster.
Born in Elmira, N.Y. on July 2, 1942, Lyle Elton Foster was a son of the late Leonard Elton and Phyllis Jean (Van Horn) Foster. He was a member of the 1960 graduating class of Troy High School where he participated in all school sports. Lyle served our country for two years with the U.S. Army. He then worked a couple of odd jobs before becoming a meat cutter with Acme Markets, retiring in 2002 after 34 years.
As a young man growing up, Lyle became a member of the East Troy Baptist Church.
He and his wife Janice later enjoyed fellowship at the Olde Covert Church on Armenia Mountain. He also was a member of the Canton Moose Lodge 429 for many years.
Lyle had many passions in life; the NY Yankees, the NY Giants and the Boston Celtics. He also loved to fish. Many summer evenings were spent at a local pond trying to catch that next "big one." Lyle took pride in his truck, always washing and waxing. He also enjoyed golf, playing cards and spending time with his dog, Rudy.
He married the former Janice E. Welch, the love of his life, on June 26, 1976. They enjoyed many activities together, especially winter vacations in Florida for over 20 years, the Bloomsburg Fair, Jeep rides on the mountain and supporting the grandchildrens' school and sporting events. Lyle will be lovingly remembered as a tenderhearted and caring gentleman who always felt blessed to live every day like it could be his last.
A private family burial will be held at the Sullivan State Road Cemetery in Mainsburg. A memorial service and celebration of Lyle's life for family and friends will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial to the Olde Covert Church, c/o 8698 Old State Road, Troy, PA 16947.
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