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James Foster 04/13/2017

James Foster websiteJames D. Foster, longtime businessman and proud member of the United Methodist Church and River Falls Lions Club, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the age of 93.  Jim was the owner of Foster Furniture (formerly Tousley Furniture) in River Falls from 1955 – 1972.  He spent 13 years closing out furniture stores in the Midwest until his retirement in 1985.  A member of the River Falls Lions Club from 1959 until his death, Lion Jim held many offices in the organization and served as International Director from 1968 – 1970.  Over the years, he received numerous awards for his efforts.  Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mercedes; his parents; three siblings; and one grandson.  He is survived by his sons, James (Lana) Foster of River Falls, Michael (Vicki) Foster of River Falls, and Timothy (Laura) Foster of Oak Park Heights, MN; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church (127 S 2nd St.) in River Falls.  Visitation will also be Saturday from 10-11 am at the church.  Interment will be in St. Bridget Catholic Cemetery in River Falls.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.


  • Raghunath Basireddy Posted April 17, 2017 3:02 pm

    It’s terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family

  • Aruna Abhey Oswal Posted April 17, 2017 4:57 pm

    May his soul rest in peace.
    Aruna Abhey Oswal
    International Director

  • Somsakdi Lovisuth Posted April 18, 2017 1:35 am

    Dear Foster Family,

    We were very sorry to hear about the recent terribly sad loss of James D. Foster.
    We know he will be sorely missed.

    Please accept our deepest condolences at this most difficult time.

    We will keep your family in our prayers.

    Yours sincerely,

    PID Somsakdi and Somran Lovisuth

  • Phil Ingwell, Past International Directer Posted April 18, 2017 1:46 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Jim’s family during this difficult time. His history of service in Lionism and the community will live on as your many memories of him as a father, grandfather will live on with you. God Bless.
    Phil and Betty Ingwell
    Past International Director, Wisconsin 1994-96.

  • Phil Ingwell Posted April 18, 2017 1:50 pm

    Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family members of Lion Jim. Be comforted in the many memories you have of your father and grandfather. God Bless.
    Phil & Betty Ingwell
    Past International Director, 1994-96; Wisconsin

  • Lion Connie & Lion Michael Meyer Posted April 18, 2017 6:02 pm

    We were saddened to hear of Lion Jim’s passing. Our condolences to the family, friends and Lions everywhere who were privileged to have met and known this man.

  • Shyam Malpani Posted April 19, 2017 9:27 am

    All the Family Members of Late PID James D. Foster
    Sunita & I are saddened to learn about the sad demise of PID James D. Foster. May God’s blessings and memories of your loving Father/Grandfather give you strength & comfort during this difficult time. We sincerely share your grief and convey our heartfelt condolences on this sad bereavement.
    PID Lion Shyam Malpani

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