Published: Thursday, July 12th, 2012
Donald LeMar Foster was born May 30, 1935, in Chester, S.D., to Charles Donald and Lenore (Smemoe) Foster. He grew up in the Buffalo (S.D.) Trading Post area. He graduated from Franklin (S.D.) High School and was a member of the Franklin High School basketball team that was in the state “B” tournament in 1953.
In 1954 he entered the University of South Dakota and was accepted as a fraternity brother with the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
Donald joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956, studied Russian at Syracuse University and was in the Air Force Security Service in northern Germany.
After his military service he owned and operated Buffalo Trading Post for 18 years. He married Marjorie Goslee April 2, 1978, and they moved to Custer, S.D., where he worked for a time in the lumber industry, then earned a realtor’s license and worked with Bradeen Real Estate in Custer until he suffered a stroke in 2004. Marjorie died one month before his devastating stroke in 2004.
Don died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, Minn. He was 77.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marjorie; his brother, Judson; and a granddaughter, Katie Semianer.
He is survived by his sister, Marcia (Arlen “Woody”) Gnadt of Garretson, S.D.; brothers, Faryl (Marian) Foster of Powell, Ohio; Rev. Richard Foster of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sister-in-law, Susan Foster of Madison; step-children, Elaine (Kent) Bales of Huron, S.D., Martha (Don) Jaramillo of Alliance, Neb., Anthony (Catherine) Goslee of Ballwin, Mo., Mary (Larry) Linderman of Lakeville, Ill., Jane (Greg) Porter of Beaverton, Ore., Ruth (Paul) Anderson of Wentworth, S.D., Susan (John) Graham of Sioux Falls, John Goslee of Palmer, Alaska, Jo Ellen Gottstein of Anchorage, Alaska; 30 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews Markell and Aaron Gnadt, Marissa Wollmann, Dan Foster, Cindy, Michelle and Jeff Lamberty, Kevin Foster and Dr. Jill Foster-Hofer.
Memorial services were July 3 at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, rural Colton, S.D. Burial will be held at a later date at the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery, rural Colton.
Condolensces may be left at www.minnehahafuneralhome.com.
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