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Eldon Foster 1953 - 2023
Eldon Foster

Eldon Foster, 69, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2023, after losing his battle to cancer. He was born Nov. 2, 1953, in Lyons, Kan., the son of James and Virginia (Werther) Foster. Eldon was a graduate of Bushton High School, class of 1971, and of Barton County Community College and National College. 

He married Beth Kaiser in Bushton on June 14, 1975. Eldon always remembered their anniversary when he saw the flags flying at Veterans Park on his way to work as a technician for the Rural Electric Company, working there for 36 years and then as a customer service sales support at Straub International and Protective Equipment Testing. He retired in 2019 and moved to Manhattan in 2021. 

The proudest accomplishment of his lifetime were his children and their families. He enjoyed family vacations, travel adventures with friends, golfing, skiing, hunting, camping at Wilson Lake and Table Rock Lake, riding Rzrs at the sand dunes and mountains, spending time at the farm, and playing dominoes and cards with family and friends. He also loved watching the grandkids compete at sporting events and trap shooting. 

Eldon loved to stay busy, whether it was tinkering in the garage or helping others; he couldn’t sit still. In the fall, he never missed a Kansas State football home game. He often looked forward to a good Crown and Coke with his friends and was always up for any adventure with his best friends, Curtis and Kathy Hitschmann. 

He is survived by his wife Beth, of the home; daughter, Keri (Suppes), and her husband, Chad, of Hays; son Brian, and his wife, Christie, of Manhattan; five amazing grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kale Suppes of Hays, Raegan, Jackson and Justin Foster of Manhattan; five sisters Joyce (Bruce) Martin of Wichita, Barbara Applanalp of Wichita, Marilyn Elder of Grand Island, Neb., Karen (Gerald) Oetken of Larned, Myra (Norman) Habiger of Bushton, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2023, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with family receiving guests from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Bryant Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Sunday, May 28, 2023, at 5 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Schumacher presiding. Cremation will take place following services. Memorials can be made to the Bushton Fire Department, in care of Bryant Funeral Home, 1425 Patton Rd., Great Bend, KS  67530. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

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Bryant Funeral Home

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS.  67530

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, May 27, 2023