|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1918|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 2005|
James Cooley Foster, 87, was born March 21, 1918, in Watchung, N.J., to Charlotte (Happe) and James Compton Foster, both of New Jersey. James entered the Marine Corps in September 1940 and served on neutrality patrol off the coast of Africa before the U.S. engaged in World War II. As a Master Technical Sergeant, he was the engineering chief for aviation mechanics working on Marine Corps torpedo bombers and fighter aircraft. James served aboard the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Ranger and U.S.S. Yorktown in the Pacific Theater, and at forward bases on Guadalcanal, and both the Marshall Islands and Gilbert Islands. After the war, James worked in the surveyor's office of the Orange County Road Department in Santa Ana, Calif. In that career, he was the supervisor of a drafting department that created and maintained the Road Department's maps. On Aug. 11, 1944, James married Marjory Lips in Santa Ana. They moved from Santa Ana to Coeur d'Alene in the fall of 1980. He was an ordained Elder of the Post Falls Community Presbyterian Church and was a Boy Scout counselor at Camp Easton on Coeur d'Alene Lake. James was a life-member of the Marine Corps League, Pappy Boyington Detachment, and volunteered in the Toys for Tots program.
Survivors include his wife M.L. Foster; son G. Foster; daughter and son-in-law, S. and S. Murphy; grandchildren L. and husband T. Gay, W. and wife I. Downey, Miss L. Murphy, S. Murphy Moore, K. and husband R. Crisp, and S. Murphy; 8 great-grandchildren and loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at English Funeral Chapel, Coeur d'Alene, who was in charge of arrangements. Burial followed at Riverview Cemetery, Coeur d'Alene.
James Compton Foster (1883 - 1969)
Charlotte K. Happe Foster (1874 - 1935)
Marjory Lips Foster (1918 - 2008)
Created by: Paul
Record added: Mar 15, 2009
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