Jonathan S. Foss
1938 - 2019
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BIDDEFORD -  Jonathan S. Foss, 81, of Biddeford, passed away early Thursday morning on Sept. 12, 2019, at home.  He was born in Biddeford on Feb. 17, 1938, the son of Richard and Alice (Leach) Foss.  Jon graduated from Biddeford High School, class of 1955. He also received a degree in mechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Jon served his country in the United States Coast Guard. He spoke of this experience often. The "service above self" motto was instilled in him and is something he followed throughout his life.  On April 4, 1959, he married his wife Ruth Manning.  He was proprietor of Foss Metal and Saco Electric in Saco for many years. He also owned and operated Saco, South Portland and Old Orchard Beach Dairy Queen, with his family over the years. Dairy Queen was one of Jon's passions, he truly enjoyed the business and the people he served. Jon was still running his Dairy Queen stores until his death. His legacy will live on through his family.   Jon was a "Jack of all trades;" master plumber, master electrician, this allowed him to be fully hands on with the businesses in order to keep them running successfully. Later in life, he passed on some of these duties to his son-in-laws, and his "right hand man", Roger Chenard. He was a private pilot who enjoyed flying. He would travel with his family and friends whenever he had a chance.  Most of all, he loved his family and following his children's and grandchildren's activities and sporting events. Field hockey was one of the sports he enjoyed most.  He showed his deep gratitude and appreciation for his family to the very end of his life. He will always be remembered as a hardworking, generous family man and a loving father and grandfather.  His six daughters will so greatly cherish the time they were able to spend with him and his steadfast support and love.

He was predeceased by one brother, Stephen Foss.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Foss. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary which has been an inspiration for many. The way they've honored that commitment and never given up on each other has taught their family how to face their own challenges. He and his wife Ruth enjoyed a life with simple taste. Together they understood and shared the love for family.  He is also survived by his six daughters, Julia Foss-Smith and her husband Steve, Karen Murray and her husband Larry, Kimberly Foss, Robin Foss-Dutremble and her husband Shawn, Kelly Foss-Root and her husband Chris and Kerry Foss-Mariello and her husband Rico. He was also survived by fourteen grandchildren Tyler Smith and his wife Katelyn, Natalie Smith, Erin Murray, Hannah, Abbey and Grace Farrington, Alicia Dutremble, Morgan Ouellette-Foss, Emma Dutremble, Savannah and Avery Root, Anthony, Gino and Mia Mariello, one brother Edward Foss and his wife Sue, and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting Hours will be from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at Cote Funeral Home Chapel, 87 James Street, Saco. A Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, at Cote Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Saco. To view Jonathan's memorial page or leave an online condolence, please visit

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Published in Journal Tribune on Sep. 14, 2019.
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September 21, 2019
Jon was a good friend of my dad Howard Barnes. I had memories of riding in his small red car to see Biddeford basket ball team play Sanford on very cold night with little heat. They played ping pong for many years upstairs in the shop. He will be missed
September 18, 2019
Thank you for your service.
September 18, 2019
Jon was our kind and talented landlord who always treated us well. We enjoyed funny chats in front of the DQ as he prepared for the business day. God bless Jon and his family.
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September 17, 2019
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September 17, 2019
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