William Foster

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Wilmer G. “Bill” Foster, 72, of Washington, died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at his home.

Born June 20, 1936, in Peoria to Harold and Ann Boice Foster, he married Beverly J. Stein Nov. 3, 1957, in Washington. She died Aug. 19, 1976.

Surviving are five daughters, Susan Foster of Washington, Shari (Mark) Martinez of Champaign, Shelly (Dave) Wright of Eureka, Mindy (Scott) Riden of Good Hope, and Beth (Allen) Hattan of Lacon, one son, Steve (Dawn) Foster of Washington, 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Mary Eakle and Helen (Russ) Becker both of Washington; two brothers, John (Sharon) Foster and Fred Foster, both of Washington; two sister-in-laws, Sharon (Ernie) Phillips of Morton and Diane Stein of Washburn; and his mother-in-law Bethal Stein of Washington.

He was a lifelong farmer in the Washington area. He also was a truck driver for Zehr Bros. Trucking and Fort Transfer, both in Morton, Bahler Trucking in Fairbury, Wright Trucking in Washington, and most recently for Washington Township. He spent many years raising and showing show horses throughout Illinois.

He was a member of the Teamsters 627, the Palomino Horse Breeders Association, the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association and was of the Methodist faith.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8 at Deiters Funeral Home in Washington. The Rev. John Hauck will officiate.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton.

Memorials may be made to Central Illinois Riding Therapy or the charity of the donor’s choice.

To send condolences online, visit www.deitersfuneralhome.com.

His video tribute will be posted on the Web site following Monday’s services.