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Obituary for Dale J. Foster

Dale (Sheeney) J. Foster, 91, Galesburg, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at his home peacefully with family by his side.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017 at Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg, where military rites will be conducted. Dale's one request was to have his friends and loved ones gather at a celebration of life party (with lunch and libations on Dale) immediately following the graveside service. This toast and roast to Dale will run from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Sidetrax Bar and Grill 441 E. Main St., Galesburg.

Dale was born Dec. 11, 1925 in Herman, Ill., the third son of Homer and Lena (Thurman) Foster. He had two brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Maquon High School in 1943 and was a member of the 1942 Maquon High School basketball team, better known as "The Overalls Boys." This team is famous for its incredible winning streak of 31 games, capturing county, district and regional titles and finally losing in sectionals against East Peoria in double overtime by two points. The team averaged 5-foot 8-inches in height and went to games dressed in bib-overalls.

Soon after high school, Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served two years in the communications division and was stationed in Osaka, Japan.

In September, 1947, Dale married Wintress (Winnie) Conger in Galesburg at First Presbyterian Church. He soon became an employee of CB&Q railroad, later to become Burlington Northern Railroad. He was an employee of the railroad for 42 years and retired in 1989. One of his favorite responsibilities was to give local color as a conductor on the AMTRAK train between Galesburg and Lincoln, Nebraska.

He was an active member of the El Bon Shrine, Alpha Lodge No. 155 A.F. & A.M., and served on the railroad credit union board of directors. He was a newspaper man and enjoyed reading three to four papers every morning, loved crossword puzzles, the daily jumble and playing cribbage with his good friend Rita Mills. He loved golf and on most sunny days you could find in at Bunker Links with his buddies.

He loved following local sports and backed the Streaks, Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks. Dale always looked forward to University of Illinois - basketball and football. However, his first love has always been baseball. He supported youth baseball and was an avid Cubs fan. Last year's World Series win was the icing on Dale's cake. Last Christmas Dale received every piece of Cub apparel known to mankind.

He was a long standing member of the Galesburg American Legion. In the past he volunteered for Friday Night Fish, Saturday Hamburger events, Taco Tuesdays and holiday parties. The legion was his friend circle and social network. He was devastated when the doors closed last year.

Dale will be missed. Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca, Sun Prairie, Wis, and one granddaughter, Jennifer Childers, of Madison, Wis. He was a loving husband, wonderful father and devoted grandfather. He has a large number of friends and was best known for "working the room" at most social gatherings. He loved his Maquon High School reunions and they were the highlight of each year. He never missed a reunion.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wintress, in 2011. And, brothers, Dean (Helen) Foster and Rolland (Adela) Foster. And, sisters, Evelyn (Sam) Wasson, Vancouver, Wash., and Peggy (Robert) McDonald, Redlands, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Dale's memory, please pay one good deed forward. In his name, give a donation to your favorite local animal shelter, reach out to help someone less fortunate, contribute to your local food pantry or support a local youth organization. And if you really want to make Dale happy ... take a young boy or girl to see their first baseball game. And, when you sing take me out to the ballgame - be sure to think of him.

A big thank you goes out to helpers and caregivers Barb Thomas, Connie Crowl, Sherrell Wallace and Sunshine Johnson. These ladies made it possible for Dale to remain in his own home. And best friends, Rita Mills and Nancy Larson for their numerous visits, long walks, good times and wonderful conversations. Special thanks to RN Jessica at Harbor Light Hospice.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

15

May

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Watson-Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory

1849 North Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

Graveside

Tuesday

16

May

10:30 AM
Memorial Park Cemetery

1950 W. Main St.
Galesburg , Illinois 61401

Service

Tuesday

16

May

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Sidetrax Bar and Grill

441 E. Main St.
Galesburg, IL 61401

Celebration of Life with Lunch and Libations

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