Ray Edward Foster

Ray Edward Foster

Ray Edward Foster, age 89, peacefully passed away Friday February 2, 2024 surrounded by his daughters. Ray embraced his life with no regrets. He was a role model and inspiration to all who knew him and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Ray was born on November 24, 1934 in Decatur, Illinois to John and Lucille (Schoby) Foster. He later moved to South Milwaukee, WI where he met and married his wife Marie Rossignol in 1957. They were both employed by Bucyrus-Erie in South Milwaukee. Together they had 4 children before moving to Adams, Wisconsin in 1968 and started their own septic and well business, Foster Enterprises. Ray also worked for Badger Ordnance while their business was first getting started. After 40 years they semi-retired and turned the septic and well business over to their son. Ray loved hunting, fishing and watching the birds and other wildlife in his backyard.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents John and Lucille, wife Marie Foster, son David “Scott” Foster, mother and father in-law Max & Cora Rossignol, sister Alice Mueller, brother and sister-in-law Richard and Donna Foster, brother Jon Foster and brother-in-law Gary Mayo.

He is survived by his daughters: Debra (Lester) Ecke of Plant City, FL; DeeAnn (Steve) Doyle of Riverton, WY; and DaLene (John) Marlowe of Adams, WI; daughter-in-law, JoEllen Foster of Rochester Hills, MI; grandchildren: Amelia Foster of Appleton, WI; Annette (Lee) Gray of Taylorsville, NC; Justin Ecke of Plant City, FL; Andrea Foster of Grand Marsh, WI; Devin (Amanda Propp) Marlowe of Adams, WI; James Ecke of Adams, WI; Kalen Marlowe of Neenah, WI; Zachary (Jenna) Foster of WI Rapids, WI; Sarah Doyle of Riverton, WY and Morgan (Joshua Duclo) Doyle of Riverton, WY; great-grandchildren: Bailey, Garrett, Katie, Adam, Emily, Abby, Ben, Johnny, Murphy and Anna; sister, Sally Mayo of St. Augustine, FL; brothers-in-law: John (Marie) Rossignol of Issaquah, WA and Gene (Janet) Rossignol of Seattle, WA; and sister-in-law, Irene (Tom) Giessinger of Winner, SD.

Per his request, there will be no services. A family Celebration of Life for both Ray and Marie will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

The family wishes to thank The Waterford at Wisconsin Rapids and Heartland Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during dad’s final days.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.roseberrys.com for online condolences and further information.

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  1. Tim and Myrna Diemert says:

    So sorry for the loss of your father. He was a good man and I always enjoyed talking with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. Gordon Whitemarsh says:

    Very sorry to see of the passing of Ray Foster, what a great guy, raised a tremendous family. His legacy of integrity & hard work will live on. Very sorry for your loss of both Ray & Marie what great friends they have been over the years & will be deeply missed by everyone around the area! Sincere condolences to his family

  3. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He and Marie were great for our community. Their caring and contributions will be missed. Treasure your many memories.

  4. Marty and Linda McNew says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. May you find comfort in God and your friends and family.

  5. Ray Bork says:

    DeeAnn and ladies, I am so sorry to hear of your father‘s passing. What a great great man! He showed me what a work ethic was, as a teenager watching that man was incredible.Let the memories carry you through this tough time.
    Mom and dad are together again no pain no suffering.
    RIP 😇

  6. Michelle Brownlow says:

    Dalene and Family,
    I’m sorry for your loss of your father.
    May God wrap you in His loving arms and give you peace.

  7. Judy Vondrak says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of your dad. Ray and Marie were wonderful people. Fond memories of the both of them. My deepest sympathy to the Foster family.

  8. Jodi Helgeson and James Grabarski says:

    Foster family. We are sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He and your mom can be together again and Dave can add time to be together.

  9. Patti Thompson says:

    So very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Ray and Marie and the whole family were so great to work with and to know. Our sincere sympathies to all of you. Ron and Patti Thompson

  10. Mike says:

    So sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. He was a great man to work for. Wish I would have stayed longer.

  11. Judith V. Bieri says:

    To the Foster Girls: So sorry to read about Ray. I talked to DaLene last week and she said he was not doing good. They were the first people we met when we moved to Adams in 1976 and were so helpful to us all these years especially after Dick passed on. Now Ray is together with Marie as they had been for all the years, God Bless.

  12. Sam & Marilyn Baggs says:

    Saddened to hear of Ray (& Marie’s) passing. Ray & Marie were wonderful people. We knew them for many years. Sam & Ray were involved with the Roche-C-Cri Bowman Club in their early years. They will truly be missed. Blessings & sympathy to their families.

  13. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    To Ray’s family, So sorry to hear this; Ray and Marie were such nice people. Thinking of you at this sad time. May good memories of times spent together sustain you in the days ahead.

  14. Jane and Dave Grabarski says:

    Our condolences to the entire family. Ray was a great neighbor and community member.

  15. Teresa Ott (Bloss) says:

    Sorry for your loss!!

  16. Evelyn Bruno says:

    Sorry for your loss

  17. Mike Bezemek says:

    The Foster Family: Sad to here of your dads passing. Fond memories of he and your mom. I worked for your Dad in the early 70s. What a great guy to be around. My deepest sympathy to you . Rest in peace Ray.

  18. Terry Ophoven says:

    To the Foster family, Im so sorry for the loss of Ray. I am so glad I got to see him after Marie passed, and you were all with him at the end. I know how hard it has been for you. Ray was the perfect person to guide my life and keep me from becoming just another knucklehead back in 1981, when I started working for him. I learned a trade and developed a work ethic that I am proud of, and lasted the 25 years working for him, and continues to this day. R.I.P. Ray, you will be missed, and hope that you have nothing but “ klinckers at the end of your mucking pipe”.

  19. Peg Lecy says:

    I’m so sorry on your loss. May God family and friends comfort you

  20. Dennis & Judy Allen says:

    To the Foster family, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Losing them both this year is hard, but they are together again. I met your mom and dad in 1968 when you all moved to Adams. They were wonderful people and we became friends and worked together on many jobs. Let all of your memories support you at this time, your friends, Dennis and Judy Allen

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