Robert Foster, Ret. USAF MSgt, age 85 of Dover, Delaware, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Kent General hospital on January 16, 2020. Born in Coaldale, PA, to the late Clifford and Helen Foster of Lansford, PA on July 9, 1934.
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He Graduated from Nesquehoning High School, joined the US Air Force, during his service Robert received numerous commendations for meritorious service and is a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired in 1972.
He settled in Dover, Delaware where he met and married his loving and dedicated wife of 39 years, Ana Julia “Julie”.
After his career in the Air Force, Bob formalized his education and completed a bachelor’s degree from Delaware State College in Business and earned a masters from Central Michigan University while building his second career where he was employed at the Delaware Energy Office and retired from the State of Delaware in 1997.
In his retirement he enjoyed watching sports. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan. He enjoyed cooking and gardening and cross-country traveling, observing and feeding his backyard squirrels and birds.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents and stepson Michael Alexitch. Following the passing of his step-son, Mike. Bob found happiness filling a fatherly role for his three young grandsons. Bob was a proud, active and dedicated supporter of the boys, teaching the boys to swim, supporting their many sports and activities and keeping them focused on a successful future, eventually seeing all three graduate from the University of Delaware, get married and start families.
He leaves behind a loving family including his daughters, Valentina and husband Carl Andren, Tama Falk and partner Brett Eagle and their children, Alexander Falk, Bailey Eagle, his step-daughter in-law Jean Alexitch and 3 grandsons Michael Alexitch III and wife Vickey of Landenberg, PA, Brian Alexitch and wife Claire of Chatham, NJ and Christopher Alexitch and wife Lindsey of Dover, DE, his step-daughter Jennifer Rachow and husband Scott of Columbia, MO and their children Heather Alexitch and husband Lonnie Thomas of Columbia, MO, Samantha DeFere and husband John of Lewisville, NC, and Zeke Rachow of Columbia MO. Eleven Great Grandchildren and one Great-Great Grandchild.
A Celebration of Life’s Gathering for family and friends will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 219 Vepco Boulevard, Camden, DE on Friday, January 24, 2020 beginning at 4:00 pm. Burial will be private. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation in Robert Foster’s honor. https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/ Life’s End Service by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc., Dover DE