Foster III, William B. (Benjamin), Pompeii, Michigan


Passed away at his home on Thursday, February 26, 2015 after a long illness. Age 83 years. Born at his parentís home in Lansing on January 7, 1932, Bill was the second child of William B. (Josh) Foster II and Georgia L. Robinson. Shortly after his birth, Bill and his family moved to Pompeii where his father owned a milk route and his mother ran a small dairy and delivered milk locally. Later the dairy grew to a large dairy and farming operation for its day and Bill drove on the milk route, farmed and helped with the dairy. During high school Bill ran track at Ithaca High School and set the Ĺ and 1 mile record which he held for over twenty (20) years. In 1971 he and his son held the Ĺ, 1 and 2 mile records at Ithaca. During high school he met and dated Lorraine Hipolite, the Homecoming Queen. They were married on June 23, 1951. They began their life together at the farm on Garfield Road, outside of Pompeii. Bill and Lorraine had two children, William Benjamin (Ben) Foster IV born on November 29, 1952 and Jeana Joy (Foster) Anderson born December 31, 1954. In 1964 they moved to his present home on Wells Road. In 1956 Billís father started Fosterís Trenching Service, a farm drainage business which Bill joined after selling the dairy in 1962. Bill continued the business until his retirement in 1997 when it became Foster Trenching, Inc. and continues to this day. Throughout his life Bill enjoyed hunting and shooting in many forms. He was an accomplished trap shooter and competitive rifle shooter. He competed with the Ithaca Rifle Team for many years. He also enjoyed fishing in Canada with his brother-in-law Alvin, grandsons and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by Lorraine in 2001, his mother Georgia and his father Josh. He is survived by his son William B. (Marleen) Foster IV and their sons, William B. (BJ) (Julie) Foster V and Derek (Elizabeth) Foster, and his great-grandchildren Skylar and Dante. His daughter Jeana Foster (Marc) Anderson of Oregon and their sons, Jason (Typhanie) Anderson, and Dakota (Mylena) Anderson, and his great-grandchild August. His sister Jeri Steck of Owosso, his brother-in-law Alvin (Donna) Hipolite and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Clarissa Leslie, Kristina and Jeremy Leslie, Lori and Emily Hipolite, and Mark Reeder for the compassionate and loving care they provided in the last days of Billís life. Funeral services will take place on Monday, March 2, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Barden Funeral Home in Ithaca. Burial will be in the Fritz Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pompeii United Methodist Church or to Sparrow Home Hospice. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 1 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Barden Funeral Home. www.bardenfuneralhome.com