Charles Foster Sr.


Charles M. Foster Sr., 77, of Edinburgh, died at 9:52 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Columbus Regional Hospital Emergency Room.

Mr. Foster graduated from Columbus High School in 1958. He served as a sergeant in the Indiana Army National Guard for six years and retired in 1995 from Cummins Engine Company where he had worked for 37 years.

Charles was a very active person who loved the outdoors. In his early years, he boxed, played hockey, fished often, played baseball and softball. In his 70s he slowed down to just riding his bike 40 miles a day and going to Shorty’s. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He adored all of his grandchildren. As the eldest of all his siblings he was a source of strength for his family.

Charles was born November 27, 1938, in Monterey, Tennessee, the son of Roy and Ella Tays Foster. He married Bonnie Streeval July 2, 1971.

Charles is survived by his wife, Bonnie Foster; a son, Charles M. (Denise Harper-Kirby) Foster Jr. of Indianapolis; his daughters, Noreen Foster of Illinois, Dana Foster and Kelly (Steve) Turner of Edinburgh; a stepson, Kevin Howard of Illinois; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tamage (Pat) Foster and Rick (Norma) Foster of Columbus and John Foster of Arkansas; and sisters, Brenda (Larry) Hadley and Betty Kirk of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, LeRoy Foster; a sister, Julia Bergman; and stepsons, Rick Howard and Joe Howard.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Bell Tower Garden at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by the Indiana Army National Guard Honor Guard and Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street.

Mr. Foster’s family asks that, in lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Fireman’s Cheer Fund in care of Edinburgh Fire Department or the East Side Elementary School Library in Edinburgh.

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