Sunday, August 26, 2012

Wesley Foster - Gibson City

Wesley Foster

GIBSON CITY – Wesley Benjamin "Benny" Foster, 83, of Gibson City died at 10:55 p.m. Friday (Aug. 24, 2012) at Heritage Health, Gibson City.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with Rev. Steve Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with military honors.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton.
Benny was born Jan. 8, 1929, in rural Ludlow on the Gourley Farm, the son of Robert and Nellie Newkirk Foster. He married Shirley Dale on March 17, 1949, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on Aug. 18, 1978.
He is survived by three sons, Dale (Maggie) Foster of Loda, Don Foster of Urbana and Duane (Teresa) Foster of Mahomet; three daughters, Diana Bidner of Champaign, Dwana Foster of Urbana and Devra (Larry) Strebeck of Mahomet; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Snyder of Plainfield and Joanne Little of Rantoul; and a former wife and dear friend, Johnnie Sickler of Rantoul.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dennis; three brothers; and three sisters.
Benny grew up in Paxton. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and was stationed in Germany.
He was a farmer; he owned and operated the Dog n Suds Drive In and Central Illinois Disposal, both of Gibson City, and retired as a building service worker from the University of Illinois.
He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Gibson City American Legion and VFW Posts.
He was an avid Indian artifact collector and enjoyed reading and being around people.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests that donations be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children.
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