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Prentis Foster, 89, of Elnora, Indiana, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Ketcham Memorial Center in Odon. He was born in Pike County, Indiana on October 26, 1927 to Basil Neal and AnnaLee (Russell) Foster. He was married to Donnabell Faye (Lashbrook) Foster, until her passing on February 28, 2015.
Prentis served in the US Army during WWII in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Elnora American Legion and a life member of the Odon VFW. Prentis retired in 1983 with 30 years of service at Crane NWSC. After retiring, he enjoyed shooting the breeze with his friends at the local diners and playing jokes on people. He was always so proud to share the bounty from his well-prepared garden and then canning to enjoy it even more. Prentis loved spending his days outdoors with family while hunting, fishing, camping, mushroom hunting and following all forms of car racing and listening to the Grand Ole Opry radio. He was always quick to help a friend or stranger in a time of need. Taking care of his family was most important to Prentis, even though they endured times of struggle. He felt truly blessed that he had close family over many generations.
Survivors include: three daughters, Connie (Steve) Hammer of Elnora, Debbie Lockridge of Bloomington and Vickie (Gary) Roberts of Linton; four grandsons, Kelly Foster, Todd Hammer, Troy Roberts and Travis Roberts; twelve great-grandchildren; one brother, David Wayne Foster of Vicksburg, IN and one sister, Lucille Ronk of Odon.
Prentis was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife, Donna Foster; one grandson, Wesley Hammer; brothers, Donal, Paul, Billy, Gerald and infant Malcolm Foster; sisters, Bernis Boatman, Jane Morgan and infant Elizabeth Foster.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon with Brother Pat Kelly officiating. A processional lead by the Indiana Patriot Guard will escort Prentis to Sugarland Memory Gardens in Washington where he will be laid to rest following military graveside rites by the Elnora American Legion, Odon VFW and the Army Honor Guard.
Family and friends may call from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Patriot Guard. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
All arrangements have been entrusted to James W. Meng, Jr. and Meng Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.mengfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 17, 2017
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