Lyle Gerald Foster of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, passed away at the Nashville Memorial Hospital on July 28, 2000 after a lengthy illness.

Services will be at a later date. He was an organ donor. His body was cremated.

Survivors include his wife, LaVonne, son Rick (Goodlettsville), Jane Brooks (Des Moines, Iowa); six grandchildren, three great grandchildren; two sisters, Beth Stevenson (Ames, Iowa), Ardys Hanisch (Laurens, Iowa); a twin brother, Lynn Foster (Albert City, Iowa); and a stepbrother Jim Martin (Rolfe, Iowa). He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers; Donald, Merle, Fay and Dell Foster.

Lyle Gerald Foster, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth (Fuchs) Foster, was born February 19, 1928, at Wanda, Minnesota. The family moved to a farm north of Laurens in 1929. In 1949, they moved to farm north of Ware, Iowa. He attended Ware Consolidated School, graduating in 1945.

He attended Buena Vista College for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy for two years. After his discharge from the navy, he completed his education, a Bachelor Degree from Buena Vista and a Masters Degree from Drake University.

He married LaVonne Shaveland on August 19, 1950, at Mallard, Iowa. They spent ten years farming near Mallard.

Lyle taught at Des Moines Township, Mallard, Havelock, Plover, Pocahontas, Rolfe, and Sioux City for a total of 39 years. He taught 20 years in the Pocahontas School System. He thanked God for giving him the opportunity to work with young people. Each student was very special to him. He said the students kept him "young" and healthy.

He also worked as a Crop-Hail Adjustor for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. (Des Moines) during the summer months 1969-1988. During this time, he had the privilege to work and meet some of the finest people he had ever known.

He was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church, NEA, and ISEA.

He was a kind, sincere, and devoted man whose smiling face brought joy to those he touched.

A memorial service for Lyle will be held on June 16, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Pocahontas. Everyone is invited to attend the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be used to purchase a gift for the Pocahontas Community School Library in memory of Lyle. Donations and letters may be sent to:

Mrs. Lavonne Foster & Family
203 Ashstead Ct.
Goodlettsville, TN 37072

Essays Lyle Foster submitted to this site

  • Lyle Foster - Faculty 1960s ("And They Called It D.M.T.")
  • Lyle Foster - Faculty 1960s ("An Old Man Remembers")