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October 4, 1927—May 10, 2019

Lyle V. Foister of Kelso, WA was 91 years old when he passed away on May 10, 2019 at the Longview Hospice Care Center. Lyle was the son of Lucas and Luella Foister of Castle Rock. He was born in Raymond, WA on October 4, 1927 and attended schools in Chehalis, WA before working at a logging camp as a tree faller and log scaler.

He was then drafted into the Army where he served as an M.P. (military police) in Frankfurt, Germany during the Korean War—and he got married before deploying. After fulfilling his military duty, he worked in Weyerhaeuser’s Planer Mill as a loaderman and retired in 1989.

Lyle was inventive, self-reliant and capable; and known to his kids and grandkids as “invincible,” “super human” and “the hardest worker they’ll ever meet.” He raised his family on organic fruits, nuts, berries and vegetables that he grew, and venison, elk, beef and salmon he caught and/or raised and butchered himself. He enjoyed sharing the bounty from his trees and garden, sharing gardening knowledge and blessing others with fish he caught from the Columbia River.

Lyle married (Ruby) Darlene Foister September 8, 1950 at Salkum, WA. They were married an impressive 68 years before Lyle was drawn into the open arms of Jesus. He was a member of the Kelso Nazarene Church for 40 years.

Lyle and Darlene’s children are Melinda Teal (Guy Bradbury) of Kalama, Darrel Foister (Tracy Foister) of Kasilof, AK, Sheri Neely (Mark Neely) of Cathlamet, and Dan Foister (Sally St. Helens) travelers. Included are foster family members Rod DeMoss (Kim DeMoss) of Anchorage, AK, Deanna DeMoss of Elma, many grandkids, great grandkids, and great-great grandkids.

Viewing: Thurs, May 16, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Fri, May 17, from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Dahl-McVickers Funeral Home, 301 Cowlitz Way, Kelso.

Graveside service: Fri, May 17, 2:00 p.m. at Green Hills Cemetery, 1939 Mt. Brynion, Kelso. Pastor Chris Davis officiating.

Memorial service: Sat, May 18, 10:00 a.m. at Kelso Abundant Life Nazarene Church, 615 S.4th, Kelso.

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