SUPERIOR – Cecil G. Foster, 90, of Superior, and Henderson, Nevada, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at home in Superior of natural causes.
He was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Porter Township, Midland, Michigan, to Christian Everett Foster and Alma Cecile Tippin. His mother passed away when he was 6 years old, and he lived most of his growing up years on various farms with his grandparents. He graduated from Midland High School, where he ran track and field at school and worked part time at a gas station and at the local bowling alley setting pins. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and began his distinguished military career. He attended Knox College in Illinois.
While attending pre-flight school in San Antonio, Texas, he took his first ride on an elevator and met his future wife, Margaret Mary Frazar. They were married Jan. 13, 1945, in San Antonio.
He served a distinguished military career spanning 31 years, flew fighter combat missions in the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He was the recipient of many awards and commendations including the Congressional Gold Medal, Purple Heart and two Silver Stars. He was also the 23rd Jet Ace in the Korean War.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and gardening.
A devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he cherished his five sons, 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was very active in his local churches and loved scripture study and gospel hymns.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret of Superior; his five sons and their families, Cecil Jr. (Vicki) of Murphy, Texas, Bryan (Robi) of St. Regis, Rodney (Bryan) of Anaheim, California, Ronald (Margie) of Hudsonville, Michigan, and David (Lynda) of Florence, Oregon; and two sisters, Frances Syckle and Beulah Niki Hoyle, both of Midland, Michigan. He also is survived by 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 11, at Community Bible Church, 401 Main St., in St. Regis. The family has requested donations to the Community Bible Church in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be left at gardencityfh.com.