Gene L. Foster, of 419 Washington, Apt. #7 and formerly of 3421 Brennan Drive died Tuesday (Nov. 14, 2017) at 4:44 p.m. in his home..
He was a 1952 graduate of Low Point High School. He received a B.S. in education in 1956 from Illinois State University and in 1969 he received an M.S. in education from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.
Gene served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959 as a Military Policeman. He was a teacher from 1956 until 1986 in Streator and Quincy. He then served as the Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools for Adams and Pike counties from 1986 until 1991. From 1991 through 1999 he was the supervisor of student teachers for Culver Stockton College. Gene was also the coordinator of the Adams County Emergency Management Agency from 1999 until 2004. Gene was an alderman for Quincy from 1979 to 1991, and he served on the Adams County Board of Review from July 16, 1998 to the present.
Gene was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, had served on the board of trustees of Chaddock School and Sunset Home where he also served as president, and was a member of the Optimist Club.. He was a member of the Quincy Education Association, served on the board of directors of the Illinois Education Association and was a life member of the National Education Association.
In addition to his wife of 52 years, Susan include, two daughters: Joan T. (Susie Virgilio) Foster of San Diego, CA; and Lori S. (Michael) Ray of Quincy; three grandchildren: Jessica Leigh Ramsey; David Michael Ray and Meghan Elizabeth(Alex) Deters all of Quincy; two great-grandchildren, Delylah Grace Ramsey and Emmaline Jean Deters both of Quincy; a brother, Stephen J. (Michele) Foster of Norfolk, VA; three sisters-in-law, Donna (Robert) Ericson of Eden Prairie, MN, Beverly (James) Pile of Roxana, IL, and Ella Mae Foster of Cincinnati, OH, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dee L. Foster.
The family would like to give special thanks to Unity Point Hospice for their loving care.
Services: 1:00 pm Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Pastor Lois Sorril officiting and military rites conducted by American Legion Post #37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail.
Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery.
Visitation: 11:00am – 1:00pm Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
Memorials: Unity Point Hospice, Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society.
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.