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Charles Herman Foster, Jr.

July 6, 2011 by

Charles Herman Foster, Jr., 89, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, July 8, 2011 in Lakeview. He died peacefully while residing at the J and J Foster Care home.
Charles was born March 6, 1922 in Klamath Falls to Charles Herman Foster and Mabel Grace Murphy.
Graduating valedictorian of Klamath Union High School class of 1940, Foster received a full scholarship at the University of Oregon, where he studied for two years before being drafted to serve in World War II. After returning from serving as a clerk-typist in Greenland, he met and married his wife of 48 years, Patricia Josephine (Patsy Jo) Larson, in Klamath Falls on Sept. 8, 1946. He graduated three years later from the University of Oregon Law School.
Charles and Patsy moved to Lakeview in 1949, where he began working as an attorney in the office of Forest Cooper. In 1953 he was appointed by the governor of Oregon to serve as interim circuit judge in Lakeview to replace the existing circuit judge who had passed away before completing his term of service. Foster was thereafter supported by Lake County voters in regular elections and served 31 years on the bench, retiring in 1985.
In addition to serving as circuit judge, Charles supported local community activities by serving as president of the Little League for 10 years and worked actively as a member of the Lion’s club until after he retired. He and his wife, Patsy, were active members of the Presbyterian Church, where he often sang in the choir, and enjoyed traveling and dancing together during retirement.
Charles was honored for his community service by receiving the Senior First Citizen Award from the Lake County Chamber of Commerce in 1962 and the Father of the Year award in 1964 from the Lake County Cow Belles
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Jo and sister Frances Jean.
Charles is survived by sons David Charles Foster of Marlborough, Mass. and Paul Ernest Foster of Sedona, Ariz.; daughter Julie Marie (Foster) Howard of Aloha; grandchildren Daniel, Rachel, Nathan, Laura, Emily and Brandon Foster, Christina Marie (Howard) Medford and Eric James Howard and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Charles will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at the Presbyterian Church in Lakeview. All family and friends are invited to attend and share their memories of Charles at that time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in memory of Charles to The Bernard Daly Scholarship Fund for students at Lakeview High School, c/o Jim Lynch, 620 N. 1st St., Lakeview 97630 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Ousley Osterman Huffstutter Funeral Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

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