|Birth: ||Dec. 1, 1911|
|Death: ||Jun. 2, 1976|
North Dakota, USA
Charles E. Foy, 65, from Lidgerwood, N. D., and a former resident of Springfield, died June 2 at St. Luke's Hospital in Fargo, N. D. Cause of death: cancer.
Services were held Monday at St. Raphael's Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife Helen; two daughters, Mrs. Anton (Patricia) Bichler of Bend, Oregon, and Mrs. Austin (Mary) Kilburn of West Orange, N. J.; two sons, Charles of Bismarck, N. D., and Jerome, of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren; and sister, Mrs. Betty Dahlquist, of Reno, Nev.
Born Dec. 1, 1911 to Mrms. Martin Foy in Springfield, he attended schools here and later the Minneapolis Business College. He married Helen Jean Purdy on April 16, 1933 at Brookings, S. D.
He had worked in banks at Springfield, Pipestone and Rolla, N. D.; and finally became the president of the First National Bank in Lidgerwood, ND.
Springfield Advance Press June 9, 1976
Charles E. and Helen Jeanne Foy family.
Charles E. Foy (1911-1976) was transferred to and appointed vice president and director of the First National Bank of Lidgerwood in 1950. He was later promoted to bank president. Charles was the son of Martin J. and Dorothea E. (Struemke) Foy of Springfield, MN. He married Helen Jeanne Purdy (1910-2004), daughter of Wallace and Lola (LaGrave) Purdy of Brookings, SD) on Easter Sunday 1933 in Brookings. SD, before Charles started his career with the First National Bank System. A second generation banker, he worked at several banks in Minnesota and North Dakota before coming to Lidgerwood. Jeanne had worked in her father's (SD States Attorney) law practice.
After several banking moves in Minnesota and North Dakota, from Pipestone, MN, the Foy family temporarily settled into half of the Charles and Louise Frost duplex while Charles E. designed and built their home on Fourth Avenue NE . Always an innovator, the home included radiant heating in the ceilings and floors. Charles was later promoted to Lidgerwood bank president.
Both Charles and Jeanne were very active in the Lidgerwood community as well as St. Boniface Church. Jeanne was a member of the Women's Club and Catholic Daughters. Charles was active in the Lidgerwood Chamber of Commerce. He bassisted with e junior boxing program in Lidgerwood. He served as grand knight, district deputy and state program chairman of the Knights of Columbus and served as a delegate to the Supreme Convention in Toronto in 1973.
The Foys also shared a lifelong love of music. Charles was involved for many years in dance bands, playing many instruments including piano, saxophone, trumpet and trombone His band even played in a battle of the bands against Lawrence Welk on WNAX Radio (Sioux Falls area). Performing in many area concerts, Jeanne sang numerous solos with the Lidgerwood Community Choristers which Charles managed and directed. Jeanne (BA SDSC 1932) also loved hosting parties, playing piano, creating art and also dancing ballet as a young lady. Charles authored a column (Side Glances) in the New Ulm Daily Journal before moving to Lidgerwood. For many years, he managed the Lidgerwood Band Festival; to members of all the area band band who attended, each year he presented special clothes pins stamped First National Bank, to secure their music during the massed band concert at Kugler Field.
Always a promoter of our city, Charles was proudest of the community when it enthusiastically supported his ideas of creating the swimming pool and golf course complex and funding it. These were tremendous new assets for a small town. He retired in 1975.
The Lidgerwood Monitor editorialized about the imported bank executive "I don't know if the idea was to improve the bank's image, Charle surely did that. His idea seemed to be that a bank was here to serve the community in every way it could--particularly in it's finances... If there was anything that Charlie Foy's tenure as executive vice president and and president of of First National Bank proved, it was that a bank need not be just a money making business firm; it can be of very far-reaching community service."
Charles and Jeanne raised four children who were active in, and graduated from St. Boniface and Lidgerwood High Schoois: Patricia C. Pearlman (1938) (Howard), Dallas, TX -grandchildren Linda, Anthony, and Lola; Mary M. Wilmer (1946) (David), San Jose, CA- grandchildren Kathleen, Kristin, Katherine, and Sara; Charles M. Foy (1949) Geraldine (Jody), Bismarck, ND- grandchildren Christina, Martin (d. 1996), and Michael; Jerome P. Foy (1953) (Michelle), Sioux Falls, SD -grandchildren Jennifer, Erin, Elizabeth, and Catherine. To date, there are thirteen great grandchildren.
Martin John Foy (1883 - 1940)
Dorothea Elizabeth Struemke Foy (1881 - 1969)
Helen Jeanne Carol Purdy Foy (1910 - 2004)
Saint Raphael Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Charles Martin
Record added: May 16, 2012
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