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  • Harry F. Foster, Jr.

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  • SALISBURY — Harry F. Foster, Jr., 74, of Salisbury, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, May 11, 2014, at Little Falls Hospital, after an extended illness, with his loving family by his side.
    He was born on Dec. 23, 1939, in Little Falls, a son of the late Harry and Jennie (Nalaskowski) Foster. Harry began his education in the city of Little Falls and then received his schooling at a one-room schoolhouse in Salisbury. He finished his education from Dolgeville Central School.
    In 1957, Harry enlisted in the United States Army and earned rank as a private first class. He served at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and in the Army Reserves. He was honorably discharged in 1966.
    Harry was united in marriage to Betty Lou Walrath on Sept. 9, 1961, at the First Baptist Church in Little Falls, and was married by Reverend Thorn. The couple shared a blessed union of 52 years.
    Harry had 37 years experience as a tool and die maker in several firms, starting with Univac, S & W Tool Co., and served as supervisor at Motronics for many years until their closing. He then went on to Martin Reel Co., PEMS Tool and Machine and Electro Metric. In 1981, Harry then became self-employed at Foster's Woodworking, doing wood working crafts such as making clocks, wooden games, puzzles, coffee tables and many other items. He enjoyed traveling to craft shows throughout New York.
    Harry was one of the original charter members of the Salisbury Riderunners Snowmobile Club and also a lifetime member. He was a member of the Dolgeville Rod and Gun Club, Mohawk Valley Woodturners, Salisbury Historical Society, 10 years as a member of the Dolgeville Lions Club, served 15 years as councilman on the Salisbury town board and 45 years of service to the Salisbury Fire Department.
    His interest also included the Artic Sled Dog Club, where he was known on the eastern seaboard and Canada for racing Alaskan Huskies. Harry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping when his children were younger. He also enjoyed restoring vintage snowmobiles with his grandson. Harry also helped take care of his grand puppies, Bo and Roo. Harry's most precious moments were those spent in the company of his family as a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    Harry is survived by his devoted wife of 52 years, Betty, at home; his loving children, one son, Harry F. Foster, III, and his wife, Phyllis, of Dolgeville, and two daughters, Brenda Barton and her husband, Jeffrey, of Salisbury, and Lorie Youker and her fiance, Richard Gamberdella, of Dolgeville; three cherished grandchildren, Brittney Barton and Cody Barton, of Salisbury, and Karista Youker, of Dolgeville; three sisters, Diane Helms and her husband, Clinton, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Karen Borst and her companion, Stephen Prentice, of Freeville, and Elaine Stanley and her husband, John, of Alaska; and several step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law.
    Page 2 of 2 - He was predeceased by his father, Harry F. Foster, Sr., on Feb. 26, 1996; his mother, Jennie Foster, on Sept. 1, 2013; and two brothers, Thomas Foster, in October 1991, and James Foster, in March 2010.
    Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf St., Dolgeville. The Salisbury Fire Department will have a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and will stand as honor guard throughout calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at 10 a.m., also at the funeral home, with Pastor Joseph Famulare officiating. Burial will follow to Salisbury Rural Cemetery where he will be laid to rest with his family.
    In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Harry's name for the Salisbury Fire Department, 2549 State Route 29, Salisbury, NY 13454.

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