Obituary for Charles H. Foster


Charles “Chuck” H. Foster, 94, died on October 21, 2022 at Primrose Retirement Community in Mishawaka, IN. He was born on December 5, 1927 in Elkhart, IN to the late Henry and Earline Foster.

On June 12, 1971, he married Patricia (Pat) Brennan.

Chuck is survived by his wife Pat, daughters Pamela VanRie (Wally) of Anderson, IN; Julie Moss (Randy) from Zionsville, IN; Cathy Skipper (Jagadey) from Elkhart, IN; and Carolyn Queener of Union, MI; son Sidney L. Foster of Chicago, IL; a daughter-in-law, Christine Foster of Goodyear, AZ; two stepchildren, Amanda Abel of Israel; and James Brennan (Audra) from Mishawaka, IN; 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; brothers Bernard Foster of Elkhart, IN, and David Foster (Karen) of Mishawaka, IN; and a sister, Barbara Lewallen of Goshen, IN. A son, Timothy Foster, and a grandson, Patrick Lerner, also preceded him in death.

After graduating, he enlisted in the Navy and served for two years. He spent 15 months at sea aboard the USS Achomawi ATF48, which was directly involved in the two atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll.

After returning from service, he spent two years as an apprentice carpenter with the construction company Sollitt. He then worked for the construction company HG Christmann for 23 years, the last 8 years as general inspector. Chuck and Pat relocated to Tucson, AZ when Chuck accepted a job at EI Brown Co. of Indianapolis to build a convention hotel with longtime partner and appraiser Arthur Bruggeman. They remained in Tucson and provided construction management services to Tucson and coast-to-coast clients for 20 years. Chuck retired in late November 1992.

Chuck was a member of the Southern Arizona Old Time Fiddler Association. He loved entertaining his friends and family with the violin.

After living in Arizona for 32 years, Chuck and Pat moved back to Indiana in 2003 to be with family and friends, where they lived in Granger, IN. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his family. Chuck was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, IN.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022 at the Palmer Funeral Home – Welsheimer North Chapel, 17033 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN. Friends can visit family from 4:00 p.m. until the service.

Memorial donations may be made on Charles’ behalf to Southern Hospice, 1626 E. Day Road Mishawaka, IN 46545.

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