Bobby Lee Foster, 89, of Liberty, Missouri, passed away at home on Sunday, June 28, surrounded by his family. Bobby Lee, son of John and Goldie Mae (Howell) Foster, was born in Walters, Oklahoma, on Feb. 18, 1931.
After graduating from Nowata High School, Bob joined the Air Force. He was stationed in Greenland during the Korean War. While stationed in Utah, he was home visiting when he was reunited with Wilma Maple. Bob knew right away that he had found the love of his life. Three weeks after they reunited, Wilma was on a bus to Utah and, on Aug. 15, 1951, Bob and Wilma Foster were married.
In March 1953, Bob was honorably discharged from the Air Force. The Fosters moved back to Oklahoma, where they had three children: Teresa, Jeff and Denise. The Fosters later moved to Wichita when Bob got a job with Boeing Aircraft. In 1964, the Fosters moved to Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Bob found his calling here as a salesman, an occupation that he was born to do. Although he retired from sales, he always kept the personality of a salesman. He loved talking to people. He truly never met a stranger. Bob and Wilma loved to travel in their retirement years, spending time at their homes in Pomme de Terre and McAllen, Texas.
Bobby Lee is preceded in death by both of his parents; his daughter, Teresa Rauch; and his three brothers, Leroy, Charles and Alva Ray Foster.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Wilma; his daughter, Denise (Robert Sisk) Jackson of Kansas City, Missouri; his son, Jeff (Jan) Foster of Montrose, Colorado; his sisters, June Harkrader, Alice Hayes and Carol (Duke) Epperson; and his brother, Kenny (Bev) Foster. Also surviving are his three grandchildren, Tiffany (Donny), Denver (Toni) and Josh; his four greatgrandchildren Makenzie, Tanner, Amina, and Reese; and his many nieces, nephews and extended family.
A visitation occurred Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Church Archer Pasley Funeral Home, 119 E. Franklin St. in Liberty, 4-6 p.m. A graveside service was held Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Nowata Memorial Cemetery in Nowata, Oklahoma.