Robert A. Foster


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Robert A. Foster

October 14, 1934 - June 17, 2013

Robert A. Foster passed away Monday, June 17, 2013, at the age of 78.

Robert was born Oct. 14, 1934, to Ed Foster and Helen Robertson Foster in Electra, Texas. He grew up on the Foster ranch and attended Texas Christian University to study music, and Math and Physics.

He joined the Air Force ROTC program, earned his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his Seminary friends to their Sunday Morning assignments. He graduated in 1957, worked at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, was commissioned in the U.S. Navy in October 1958, and married Martha Sue Michener in Midland, Texas. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor, assigned to the USS Elkhorn, and USS Maury.

Following his tour in the Navy, Robert worked for Lockheed Space and Missiles in California and General Electric Corp. in California and Houston.

The family moved to Houston in 1968. In 1980, Robert went into the Leaded Glass business, and became involved in the Houston music community, with solo oboe performances, woodwind quintets, and small community orchestras.

In 2004, the Fosters’ joined the Fredericksburg community. Robert was a many faceted ‘people person’, who loved his family, music, photography, art, flying, and RC Airplanes.

Robert Foster is survived by his wife: Martha Sue Michener Foster of Fredericksburg; son: David Foster and wife, Cil, of Gwynn Oak, Md.; daughter: Sarah Messer and husband, James, of Needville, Texas; grandchildren: James and Matthew Foster, and two sisters: Marilyn Helvey and husband, Jim, of Burleson, and Genevieve Meador and husband, Mike, of Dickinson.

He is survived by his brother-in-law, Jack, and wife, Sandra Michener; sister-in-law, Janice, and husband, Ken Holder.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and an 11-year-old son, John Robert Foster.

Per his wishes, Robert was cremated. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m., at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, with the Reverends Pam Traver and J. Jason Fry officiating. Interment was in the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church columbarium.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Foundation, the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Youth Department, or the charity of one’s choice.

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Arrangements were under the direction of Fredericksburg Funeral Home.

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