Hansen-Spear Funeral Home – Quincy, Illinois

Gene Foster

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..

Gene Foster | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home ~ Quincy, IllinoisHe was born February 8, 1934 in Low Point, Illinois the son of Lee and Bertha Heck Foster. In 1957 he married Ann Bradley. She preceded him in death. In 1965 he married Susan Isted. She survives.

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.

website: www.hansenspear.com

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

  1. Mr. Foster was my 6th grade teacher at Ellington school, and I remember him as a very kind and caring teacher. Rest peacefully in your heavenly Father’s arms, Mr. Foster.

  2. The staff, students and parents of Ellington School wish to offer our condolences on Gene’s passing. He was a dedicated educator who clearly made a positive impact on many lives. Please accept our condolences on his passing.

  3. Mr. Foster was my 6th grade teacher.
    Very dear in my memories as very encouraging!!
    My prayers are with his family and close friends
    Kary Williamson Groom

  4. Gene was a man of so many qualities! Hard to put them all into a few sentences. If you needed a friend to be there for you that was Gene. If you wanted to talk politics that was Gene. If you needed a good Christian brother that was Gene. If you wanted to see a great father to his children, husband to his wife that was Gene. He was my mentor you can say. I can still remember those great week ends camping with our families. Getting that old rusty sports car running again. Having a cold one and just relax and talk about life. We will all miss him but never forget the Gene we Love!

  5. Joan, Sue, Susan & family,
    I want to extend my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I had the pleasure to meet Gene a couple times when the family visited Sue & Joan in San Diego. He will be missed but keep strong with the loving memories that never will end. Love Cary & Andrea

  6. Dear Sue, Joan and Lori, am so sorry to hear of Mr. Foster’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to all of you! Deena Brown Kroeger

  7. Sue, Joan, Lori and all. I’m sorry to hear about Gene. I’m going to try to make arrangements to bring dad. He’s not traveling as much and Saturdays are interesting for me but I want to be there and will try hard! Blessings to you all. Jimmy McClarey

  8. We are sorry to learn of Gene’s passing. He was a good man – helpful to all. We send our sincere condolences.

  9. Sad to hear of Mr. Fosters passing. I had the pleasure of knowing him as a teacher and a neighbor. A wonderful person. Rest In Peace. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to all the Foster family.

  10. Sorry for your loss. Gene was always very helpful and kind to me over the years. An all around good guy that will be missed. God Bless!

  11. Sue and family,
    Cathy and I are deeply saddened by your loss. Gene was a wonderful and caring family man. May God wrap his arms around each of you and give you strength and comfort.

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