– Fair Winds and Following Seas, CPO Duane Eugene Foster Sr, 81, passed away peacefully at his home on 5 October 2017 from natural causes. He was born on 2 December 1936 in Hope ND to Oliver Foster and Mildred (Bjorklund) Bennet, North Dakota. He moved to Missoula at the start of freshman year in high school and remained here until the time of his passing.
Duane entered the Navy right after graduating from Missoula County High School serving 4 years on active duty. After leaving active duty, he served 19 more at the Naval Reserve in Missoula retiring Honorably in 1977 and obtaining the distinctive rank of Chief Petty Officer (CPO). Duane also worked for 33 years at Sears and10 years with Beach Transportation.
Duane met the love of his life, Marie Caluori, right after graduating high school in 1954 and they were married on 15 December 1956, Then, for the next 60 years they had the full-time job of raising 4(+) children and the 12 grandchildren.
He was an avid outdoorsman where he could be constantly found hunting, fishing, or spending time up at his cabin where he would be enjoying nature. However, the thing he enjoyed most was being and having an active role in all his children’s lives. He made sure he attended their varsity sporting events, no matter where they were in the state, he took them camping or hunting on every available weekend, but most of all, no matter what, he was always there for them. However, he also had a great sense of humor where he jokingly would say he wished them all 3 – sons, or refer to his grandchildren as his natural ally’s because they both had the same natural enemy!
Duane is preceded in his death by his mother and father, brothers Donald and Dennis. He is survived by his wife Marie (Caluori) Foster, four children Gene Foster (Missoula MT), Danette Morrison (Hamilton MT), Dan (Ed) Foster (Rickreall OR), Dale Foster (Woodbury MN), 12 Grandchildren, and 2 Great Grandchildren, and his two sisters Donna Rappe, Lewiston ID and Linda Maart of Missoula.
A memorial service is planned for 12 October 2017 at 10:30 at the Western Montana State Veterans Cemetery in Missoula with a reception following at St Anthony’s Parish at 11:30.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Partners in Home Care Hospice or the Missoula Senior Center.