William "Bill" Foster

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William (Bill) Kent Foster, age 89 Dickinson, ND, died on April 9 at home with family by his side after a short illness with cancer.

Due to public health concerns, no public funeral services will be held.

William Kent Foster was born June 30, 1930, to Alfreda Farr Foster and Fay Foster. He attended St. Patrick’s grade school and Dickinson High School, where he was a letter winner in basketball and football. He attended St. Thomas College and the University of North Dakota, where he graduated with a degree in speech. He worked at the college radio station and was active as an actor.

On Dec. 29, 1951, he married Kathleen Evelyn O’Hearn at St. Patrick’s church in Dickinson. Bill served as an Army infantry officer in Fort Benning, GA. After his time in the Army, Bill became an insurance adjuster and an owner of the Fisher-Foster Agency in Dickinson. His career progressed in the 70’s as a Vice President of First National Bank. After working at the bank for a decade, he worked as a realtor for several years before retiring.
During his career he was honored by the Dickinson Junior Chamber of Commerce as the “Young Man of the Year.” He was active in the community, serving on the Park Board for eight years and the City Commission for 13 years. Bill also volunteered with the local United Way, Kiwanis, the Dinosaur Board, Dickinson Development, Trinity School Board, the Library Board, the Red Cross, the Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, a member of the Dickinson Players, and served as the Chairman of the District 37 Republican party.

He is survived by his children James (Christie) Foster, Eugene, OR; Thomas (Raul Sanchez), Gresham, OR; Patricia (Craig) Newby, Dickinson; Joan Kadrmas, Maplewood, MN; Marjorie (Kent) Kudrna, Dickinson; Peggy (Vince) Vidal, Rapid City, SD; and 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Kathleen (Kay) O’Hearn Foster; his parents; his brother, Keith Foster and his sister Mary Jean Hendrickson.

Bill loved to travel, ski, play bridge and hike. He had a great love for his wife and family and was an expert storyteller to his six children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always grateful to live in North Dakota.

A private family service will be held. Memorials can be sent to Trinity Catholic Schools.
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Bob Hankins

Posted at 05:10pm
My wife (Mary) and I are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your dad. The world has truly lost one of the gifted "story-tellers" of all time! Many a time we would come home from Montana to see Bill and Kay on the porch along with the other members of Bert and Bill's "clan" having happy hours (and hours..., and sometime more hours!) Your dad would have a few and then the stories began!! One of my all time favs is when your dad and my dad went deer hunting in the badlands with your old station-wagon and got stuck in the gumbo. I could probably go on, but i'm sure you guys heard it a thousand times already. My folks considered your mom and dad their best friends. Many a night i would come downstairs as a youngster for a glass of water (after midnight) and they were still playing cards, bridge was their game of choice. They loved their card games. The boys would gang up on the gals, but it didn't always work out so well for the fellas. Back then the living room was filled with cigar smoke from your dad and cigarette smoke from Bert and Bill (i don't remember your mom being a smoker) They played cards at least once or twice a week. They truly had a special friendship that lasted for several years. I'm sure the four of them are up there right now playing cards (probably having a "tottie" or two) Bill and your mom are sorely missed and Mary and I just wanted you to know that we miss them too and will continue to pray for them. God Bless, Bob and Mary (Billings, MT)

Jack & Louise Sherman

Posted at 09:18pm
Our memories go back a long way. When we moved to Dickinson in 1966 the vital part of the community was people like Bill and Kaye and his parents who were the backbone of the community. As newcomers from a different part of a the state, they were very welcoming to us..Our memories include the local theater group, dance club, and generally inclusive feeling to us. In our many connections through the years we built many memories and Bill hold a special place in our memories. Thoughts of sympathy are with the family

Claudia Bosch

Posted at 07:34pm
My sincerest sympathy to all of the family. I have many wonderful memories of your parents - especially those days at our
cabins. I remember when Jim and I celebrated their anniversary, eating crab legs and drinking wine at the Silverado for
TWO HOURS!! Your parents are now reunited and that brings solace to us all. God Bless!

Nancy Wright

Posted at 01:11am
So sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. Think of the wonderful memories you had with him.

Nancy Leiss Wright

Doug Howie

Posted at 06:39pm
We’re so sorry for your loss. The world has lost a great story teller! Bill was always ready with a great story, and he loved a captive audience! My favorite memories revolve around Bill and Kay and Bert and Bill playing bridge at our house. I loved sitting on the stairs and listening to them argue and talk. I miss them all!
With deepest sympathy,
Susie (Hankins) and Doug Howie

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