Andrew Jackson Foster

| May 31, 2016

OBIT pic, FOSTER, Andrew Jackson_0001Andrew Jackson Foster, 87, completed his life on this Earth on May 29, 2016.

He was born in Nellie, Ohio, on November 18, 1928, to John Harold Foster and Esther Buelah Given. He attended Nellie School, then Warsaw High School, and graduated from West Lafayette in 1946.

Andrew graduated from Ohio University in 1953. He received his Master’s Degree from Kent State University in 1961. He taught at Sugarcreek, West Lafayette, Newcomerstown, Coshocton, Muskingum Area Technical College, and Ridgewood Junior High School for a total of 32 ½ years.

Other jobs Andrew enjoyed were telegraph operator on the railroad, church janitor, Goshen Dairy milkman, College Park Instructor, Kobel’s Nursery, tutor, caregiver, Christ Covenant Ministries Instructor, and Central Ohio Technical College Instructor.

After a near-fatal tractor accident, Andrew went back to the classroom as a substitute teacher in East Holmes and Coshocton Counties. He completed his teaching career at the Alternative School in Coshocton in 2013.

Andrew was a member of the West Lafayette United Methodist Church, Chancel Choir, and taught the Adult Ladies’ Sunday School Class. He was also a Life Member of Newcomerstown Elks 1555.

Andrew married Nancy Ann Zinkon on June 3, 1961, and they had two children, Deanna (Gregory) Vickers and Timothy (Stina Olafsdottir) Foster. Grandchildren and step-grandchildren include Michael Vickers, Aron Olaffoster, Kristrun Kristinsdottir, Andrew (Lacey) Vickers, Matthew (Alyssa) Vickers, and Katie Vickers. His great-grandchildren are Isabella and Peyton Vickers. Also surviving are his brother James Foster, sister-in-law Sandra Hague, brother-in-law Henry Budendorf, and special nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters Jean Ehrich and Julia Budendorf, his brothers-in-law Charles Ehrich and Robert Hague.

Visitation will be held at the West Lafayette United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016 with Reverend William Buckeye officiating. Friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery in West Lafayette.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the West Lafayette United Methodist Church, 120 West Union St. West Lafayette, Ohio 43845, or to Ridgewood High School Scholarship Fund C/O June Markley, P.O. Box 176, West Lafayette, OH 43845, or to Health Services of Coshocton County, 230 S. 4th St., Coshocton, OH 43812.

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