Paul Allen Foster died July 25, 2008, at Wasatch Valley Rehab in Salt Lake City. He was 87.
Paul was born April 18, 1921, in Horace, Kan., the son of George Kenneth and Lulu Harper Foster. Paul was raised on the family farm in Greeley County, Kan. Following high school graduation, he enlisted and served his country with the United States Army during World War II. He was a carpenter, contractor and a Greeley County, Kan., resident until moving to Oak Creek in 1957 and then moving to Salt Lake City in 2007.
Paul was a member of the Oak Creek Methodist Church and the Oak Creek Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Oak Creek Fire Chief. He was a major contributor to the community of Oak Creek and was well respected and loved by all.
On Sept. 23, 1944, he married Thelma Edna Kyner in Goodland, Kan. She survives. Paul's other surviving family members include two sons and their wives, Allen Eugene and Cindy Foster, of Delta, and David Wayne and Gaye Foster, of Kearns, Utah; two daughters and their husbands, Karen Kay and Norm Doolin, of Ogden, Utah, and Pamela Sue and James Shepard, of Livingston, Texas; two sisters, Bertha May McFadden, of Newton, Kan., and Carol Hargett, of Cimarron, Kan.; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Gerald, Harold and Wayne; sisters Thelma Simons and Charlene Foster; and a grandson, Shawn Shepard.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. July 29, 2008, at the United Methodist Church in Tribune, Kan., with the Reverend Les Ellis officiating.
Burial was in Greeley County Cemetery, with full military graveside honors provided by the United States Army, Fort Riley Honors Detail, Fort Riley, Kan.
Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Price & Sons Funeral Home in Tribune, Kan.
Memorial donations may be given to Greeley County EMTs or the Oak Creek Fire Department in care of the funeral home.