Obituary: Charles “Chuck” Foster
June 13, 1934 – January 1, 2022
Charles E. Foster (Chuck) entered in the presence of the Lord, peacefully in his sleep, on January 1, 2022.
Chuck was born on June 13, 1935 in Craig, CO to Raymond and Estella Foster, the youngest of three sons. He attended school in Craig and in 1952 enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, where he achieved the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class, Store Keeper, and served aboard the USS Talladega and at the Navy Supply Depot in Yokosuka. While in Japan, he met Kiyoko, the love of his life, and after a lot of patience and perseverance, they were married, and eventually began their life together in the United States, settling in Newberg, OR.
Chuck worked in the automotive sales industry in different settings for multiple companies, but eventually established his own auto parts store, Allied Auto Supply, Salem, OR in 1969. With Kiyoko by Chuck’s side as the company bookkeeper, they, over time, successfully expanded their business to include a machine shop, radiator shop and service center. After over 25 years of dedicated work, they retired and sold their business in 1997.
Chuck was active in the Salem Masonic Lodge #4 from 1976 and served as Master of the lodge in 1980. He was a life member of the Scottish Rite, VFW and Odd Fellows.
Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Kiyoko of 58 years, father Raymond Foster, mother Estella Foster, two brothers, Raymond C. Foster and Herbert Foster, and his son-in-law, Randy Carruthers. He is survived by his daughter, Janet Carruthers, five grandchildren, Amy (Sean) Quijano, Krystle Carruthers, Timothy Carruthers, Stephanie (Tyler) Stevens, Laura Carruthers, two great-grandchildren, Athena Quijano and Penny Quijano, two nephews, Gene (Marci) Foster and Mark Foster, and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Celebration of Life service for Chuck will be on Monday, January 31, 2022, 1:00 pm followed by a light reception at Golden’s Funeral Home. Preceding the Celebration of Life service, there will be a Masonic service in the South Chapel at 11:00 am, with viewing from 11:30-12:45. Interment will follow the services at 3:30 pm at City View cemetery in Salem, OR, where Chuck will receive full military honors.
Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Services.
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