Funeral services for Leroy Wilton Foerster, 85, of Conroe, Texas will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2100 Tickner in Conroe. The Reverends David Quail, Herbert Graf, and George Borghardt III will officiate. Visitation with Mr. Foerster’s family will be on Wednesday evening, January 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cashner Funeral Home in Conroe.
Mr. Foerster was born in a farm house near Vernon, Texas, on May 4, 1921, and passed away at the Odyssey House in Conroe on Sunday morning, January 21, 2007. After growing up working on his parents’ farm near Vernon, Mr. Foerster attended Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) in Lubbock, Texas, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1943. Immediately after graduation, he joined the Army, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, and assigned to the 306th Engineers Regiment with the Army 81st “Wildcat” Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in numerous battles as the American military forces moved from Japanese-held island to island in the Pacific. He fought in numerous bloody battles, including lengthy engagements on the island of Angaur and the island of Peleliu, where he was wounded. After the war ended, he was stationed in occupied Japan for a year where his civil engineering regiment assisted in the reconstruction of war-torn Japan. He returned home and was honorably discharged with a rank of Captain in late 1946. While serving as an Army engineer, his unit received numerous citations for valor, and he personally received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor.
After returning to the United States, Mr. Foerster was employed by Humble Oil & Refining Company (later Exxon) where he diligently pursued his 34-year career as an engineer, pipeline superintendent, and production operations superintendent. His career involved a variety of assignments throughout Texas and in the Middle East.
On July 5, 1947, Mr. Foerster married Anieta Kunkel Foerster, and they were devoted to each other for over 57 years until her death in August 2004. During his retirement years in Conroe, Mr. Foerster faithfully served his wife, children, grandchildren and his Lord Jesus until the time of his death. He was an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Conroe, was a past member of the Kiwanis Club of Conroe, and participated in a number of Bible studies.
Mr. Foerster was preceded in death by his wife, Anieta Foerster; his parents, Edwin Foerster and Martha (Gfeller) Foerster; and his brothers, Luther Foerster and Leon Foerster. Mr. Foerster is survived by three children: his son Larry Foerster and wife, Martha of Conroe; daughter, Karen Blake and husband, Johnny of Conroe; and son, Keith Foerster and wife, Cathy of Anchorage, Alaska. He is also survived by his devoted sister, Madeline Waiser of Houston, Texas; his brother-in-law Calvin Kunkel and wife, Billie of Amarillo, Texas; and his grandchildren: Kyle Blake and wife, Kendell of Anaheim Hills, California, Patrick Blake and wife, Sarah of Abilene, Texas; Dawn Blake of Conroe; Kenny Foerster and Nate Foerster of Anchorage, Alaska; and Emily Foerster and Daniel Foerster of Conroe, Texas. In addition, Mr. Foerster has numerous other family members and friends who survive him and honor his legacy.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Kyle Blake, Pat Blake, Kenny Foerster, Nate Foerster and Daniel Foerster and his nephew, Luther Foerster, Jr. of Vernon, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the St. Mark Lutheran Church Building Fund, 2100 Ticker Street, Conroe, Texas 77301.