Joseph J. Foyst

Joseph J. Foyst
Joseph J. Foyst


Joseph J. Foyst, 91, of Columbus, passed from this life at 6:14 a.m. Sunday, August 18, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Foyst was born January 1, 1928, in New Castle, Indiana, the son of Joseph Gilbert and Mae Joyce Foyst. On July 22, 1961, Joseph married Patricia D. Sullivan; she preceded him in death November 12, 2001. He later married Marty K. Goeller Taber August 16, 2003; she survives.

Mr. Foyst graduated from New Castle High School and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University.

Mr. Foyst was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Mr. Foyst retired from Cummins Engine Company in 1985 after 31 years of service. After retirement, he worked in the air pollution department at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management; he retired in January 2003.

He held a Professional Engineer License in the State of Indiana.

Mr. Foyst was a member of the First Untied Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Bartholomew County R/C Fliers. He played the trombone in the Columbus City Band and was a Boy Scout Master.

Mr. Foyst was a big family man and very sharp minded. He enjoyed trying to see how things worked and he enjoyed working crossword puzzles and playing Sudoku. He enjoyed military history and was very interested in the history of Napoleon.

Survivors include his wife, Marty of Columbus; children, Lucinda Muvich of Columbus, Timothy Foyst of Columbus, Jay (Rachel) Foyst of Columbus, Amy (Tim) Gilham of Columbus and Jane (Todd) Parker of Kokomo; stepchildren, Jonet (Tom) Kundenreich of Yorktown, Jocelyn (Chuck) Thompson of Seymour and Troy Taber of Columbus; grandchildren, Kimberly Muvich, Jennifer Carver and her fiance, Richard Fields Jr., Jessyca (Nick) Gottwald, Katie (Clinton) Rogers, Sara and Mary Gilham, Sydney Parker, Joseph Foyst, and Lillian and Joshua Parker; step-grandchildren, Patrick, Derek, and Matthew Kundenreich, Kevin and Kyle Zeigler, Sarah (George) Stone and Kyle (Marissa) Thompson; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Martha (Walter) Soper of Richmond; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Foyst was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patricia; a sister, Mary Ann Dann; and two great-grandsons.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with the Reverend Howard Boles and Steve Yeaton officiating.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.

Mr. Foyst will be laid to rest next to his first wife, Patricia, at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military rites will be presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Columbus City Band.

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