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“We are very sorry to learn of the Passing of your Dad.? We wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time. from Morgan Jones (Monarch) and...Read More »
1 of 71 | Posted by: Morgan Jones Family - Houston, TX

“Dear Linda and family, Bill meant so much to so many people. I'm deeply saddened in his passing but retain good...no, great memories of him as a...Read More »
2 of 71 | Posted by: Mary Jo (Koclanes) Peterson - IL

“Linda and family, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. May you be filled with wonderful memories of happy times together...Read More »
3 of 71 | Posted by: Sharon Dezutti & Candy - CA

“Dear Linda and Family, My deepest sympathies to you, your family and to all those who knew Bill, he will truly be missed. I knew Bill for many...Read More »
4 of 71 | Posted by: Hyla Holmes - Lake Zurich, IL

“To the Foster Family: I am very saddened to hear that Bill passed. I knew Bill through his work with Township Officials of Illinois (TOI)....Read More »
5 of 71 | Posted by: Ken Spitz - West Chicago, IL

“Dear Shannon and Family, We truly share in your grief, yet rejoice in the wonderful life of your Dad, the beautiful memories you will always...Read More »
6 of 71 | Posted by: Justin and Scharlene Fox - TX

“Dear Shannon & Family, There are no words when we lose a parent.....please know you are in our prayers! Much love, Jonathan, Laurilee, Stazi &...Read More »
7 of 71 | Posted by: Jonathan & Laurilee Etterbeek (Monarch School) - TX

“Linda, I was so very sorry to hear about Bill. I saw him at the clinic a few weeks ago. He talked about attending graduation that weekend and trying...Read More »
8 of 71 | Posted by: Mary Ann Prillaman - Springfield, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. ”
9 of 71 | Posted by: John & Elizabeth Abdulla - TX

“Dear Shannon: May your Dad's memory be eternal. He accomplished so much during his life, one of those being you as his loving daughter. My prayers...Read More »
10 of 71 | Posted by: Ellen Cokinos - Houston, TX

“Linda and family, I am deeply sadden by your loss of one so dear to your heart and so very loved. You have my deepest sympathy. Please know if...Read More »
11 of 71 | Posted by: Deb Matthews - Mechanicsburg, IL

“Dearest Shannon and Family, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. May you be comforted by your memories of him. "At the...Read More »
12 of 71 | Posted by: Stephanie Wheatley - Richmond, TX

“Dear Shannon and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. We know your dad was a special part of your life...Read More »
13 of 71 | Posted by: Barbara Adcock - Sugar Land, TX

“Our deepest sympathy to you & your family, Shannon. We will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers. ”
14 of 71 | Posted by: Kandace & Jeff Shyer - Houston, TX

“Shannon and Families, Our prayers and blessings are with you. Marion and Frank Defalco Movers & Shapers Volunteers The Monarch School Houston,...Read More »
15 of 71 | Posted by: Marion & Frank Defalco - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon and family, My deepest sympathy on the loss of such a man of vitality...he was so active in the community! May your memories sustain...Read More »
16 of 71 | Posted by: Melanie Marshall - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon and family, My deepest condolences are with you during this difficult time. May the cherished memories of your Dad continue to provide...Read More »
17 of 71 | Posted by: Lori Feldman - Houston, TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Foster and Woodruff Family. Stay strong and encourage each other knowing that Bill is no longer in pain. ”
18 of 71 | Posted by: Nyesha Miller - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon, I extend my deepest condolences to you and your family, and will keep you all in thought and prayer. Dick Bartell ”
19 of 71 | Posted by: Dick Bartell - Houston, TX

“Shannon and family - we send our best Challenger love and hope your way, during this enormously difficult time. It is great to read of the...Read More »
20 of 71 | Posted by: Neal Sarahan - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon and Family, This is a message from Molly Miller, a student at the Monarch School, and her family. Please accept our condolences on...Read More »
21 of 71 | Posted by: Shannon Miller - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon and family, we offer our sincere condolences with the loss of your loved father. From your fathers impressive resume, we also...Read More »
22 of 71 | Posted by: Family Maeseele - Houston, TX

“Shannon, JJ, Jerry and I extend our condolenses to you at this time. Parents are very special in one's life. Although you ate very sad today, we...Read More »
23 of 71 | Posted by: Mary Jane and jerry Smith - TX

“Dear Shannon: I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was obviously a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and...Read More »
24 of 71 | Posted by: carrie & jimmy logan - houston, TX

“Dear Shannon and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers every single day. I am so sorry for your loss. We all miss you and love you and please...Read More »
25 of 71 | Posted by: Jenny Ferguson - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, who sounds like he was a great man. Please know that you and your family are in...Read More »
26 of 71 | Posted by: Tran Templeton - Guatemala City, IL

“Dear Shannon and Family, I was saddened to hear the news of your loss. Please accept my condolences at this difficult time. Frank Singer ...Read More »
27 of 71 | Posted by: Frank Singer - Houston, TX

“To Shannon, Wes, Jack and family-- Warm thoughts and prayers to each of you during this time of loss. Love, Tara ”
28 of 71 | Posted by: Tara Devine - Sugar Land, TX

“Mr. Foster was a great man. He will be missed by many. I will always remember his smile and laughter. ”
29 of 71 | Posted by: Gary Walker and family - IL

“Dear Linda, I worked for the "Rail Classic" from 1990-1997 and that's how we met Bill. He was a great asset for the Tournament and the LPGA, and...Read More »
30 of 71 | Posted by: Mike & Kay La Rosa & Family - IA

“Dear Linda and Family: I wish there were words that could truly express how sorry I am for your loss. Bill was truly a remarkable person. I didn...Read More »
31 of 71 | Posted by: Ed Gvazdinskas - Springfield, IL

“Dear Shannon, My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
32 of 71 | Posted by: Jennifer Arnold - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon, I pray that you and your family find strength, comfort and peace during your time of loss. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
33 of 71 | Posted by: Rachel Weber - Houston, TX

“I'm very sorry for your loss. Although I never met Mr. Foster, I'm sure his caring and generous spirit lives on in his children. ”
34 of 71 | Posted by: Mari Bosker - Houston, TX

“I just wanted to send my deepest condolences to Bill's (Foz's) family. Foz was a great person, friend and co-worker. He will be deeply missed. ...Read More »
35 of 71 | Posted by: Bobbi Keehner - Springfield, IL

“I had the privilege to meet Mr. Foster while working for my local County Treasurer. He was a very intellectual man and very kind also. I offer my...Read More »
36 of 71 | Posted by: Jill Painter - White Hall, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
37 of 71 | Posted by: Bryant Shaw - Houston, TX

“Shannon, I see you in the article I read celebrating your Dad's life. He lives on in you very clearly. Thoughts and prayers to provide you strength...Read More »
38 of 71 | Posted by: Debrah Hall - Houston, TX

“Dearest Shannon, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My prayers will be with you in hope to strenghten your love and memories you cherished...Read More »
39 of 71 | Posted by: Benita Villanueva - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With loving care, John and Susie ”
40 of 71 | Posted by: John and Susie Barone - Houston, TX

“Dear Shannon, May the cherished memories of your Dad strengthen you during this difficult hour. Everyone at Monarch supports and loves you so much. ...Read More »
41 of 71 | Posted by: Marty Webb - Houston, TX

“Dear Linda, Jennifer, Chris and Shannon, Our hearts go out to all of you. I have known Bill for 30 years and he was the kindest and best friend a...Read More »
42 of 71 | Posted by: Leslie McCarthy - Springfield, IL

“Bill was the consummate gentleman who positively impacted all of us. He will be deeply missed. My sympathies to Bill's family and his many, many...Read More »
43 of 71 | Posted by: Evan Williams - Chicago, IL

“To Linda Foster and family, My heart goes out to all of you. Bill was a very kind and caring friend to all. I got to know him when I was the...Read More »
44 of 71 | Posted by: Linda Lane - Paris, IL

“Jersey County Assessor's Office expresses their sympathy to Bill's family and friends. ”
45 of 71 | Posted by: Thomas B. Glynn - Jerseyville, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
46 of 71 | Posted by: Chris Mellor Sirois - Wallingford, CT

“Linda and the Foster Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy, Dianne Zaubi ”
47 of 71 | Posted by: Dianne Zaubi - Chicago, IL

“Linda and Family: I can't remember not knowing Bill. I grew up on Dial Court right behind his childhood home on Douglas. My first...Read More »
48 of 71 | Posted by: Mary Levis Renner - Springfield, IL

“Shannon and family, Our hearts are saddened by the loss of your father. Please know that you are deeply loved in Sugar Land,Texas by your friends...Read More »
49 of 71 | Posted by: Sheri Walters - Sugar Land, TX

“Springfield has lost another good person, what a shame. He could always make me laugh. I will miss not having him at our reunions. ”
50 of 71 | Posted by: Roger Heineke - Swanton, OH

“Dear Linda & Family, Please accept our deepest sympathies. We have enjoyed knowing Bill most of our lives through school and then community...Read More »
51 of 71 | Posted by: Curt & Pat Clarida - Springfield, IL

“Dear Linda and Family, My deepest sympathies to you and all who mourn the sudden loss of our dear friend, Bill. We started our friendship...Read More »
52 of 71 | Posted by: Rev. Gregory J. Gerendas - Irving, TX

“To the Foster and Baecker Families, We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to all during this time of loss. Please know that you are in our...Read More »
53 of 71 | Posted by: Susan and Doug Van Veldhuisen - CT

“A Great person that is going to be missed by many. May our friend rest in peace. ”
54 of 71 | Posted by: Dennis Weakly - Springfield, IL

“Because of our jobs, Bill was one of the first persons I met when I took a govt position in Spfld in the 1970s and we remained friends thru the years...Read More »
55 of 71 | Posted by: Nanci Bounds - Phoenix, AZ

“Dear Linda, Jennifer, Chris and Shannon We are extremely saddened by the news of Bill's sudden passing. Of course, we knew he was fighting an...Read More »
56 of 71 | Posted by: Ken Murphy family - Springfield, IL

“Dear Linda and family As a state legislator,friend and now lobbiest,I shared many hours with Bill. I will miss him greatly and will miss his humor...Read More »
57 of 71 | Posted by: Steve Davis - Bethalto, IL

“Linda and Family Loretta just gave me the sad news of Bill's death. We started in politics together running in 1976 with the same result. He was...Read More »
58 of 71 | Posted by: Dick Durbin - Springfield, IL

“Dear Mrs. Foster and Family, Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your beloved husband, father and friend. What a good an...Read More »
59 of 71 | Posted by: Lesa & John Schaive - Springfield, IL

“Linda & family We are so sorry to here of Foz's passing.He touched so many lives in a positive way. We will cherish all the good times and always...Read More »
60 of 71 | Posted by: Nick & Candie Baltusevich - IL

“Bill was a great guy and leader at SHS; a great sense of humor. We all will miss him; he is at peace. Steve & Jeanne Hofferkamp ”
61 of 71 | Posted by: Stephen Hofferkamp - Bloomingdale, IL

“Dear Foster Family, I knew Bill through my sister Linda Moore, and am deeply saddened by this unexpected news. While my family had left Springfield...Read More »
62 of 71 | Posted by: Patti Fleming - Chicago, IL

“Dear Linda and Family, It was with shock and sorrow that I read of Bill's death. He was very special. It gave me joy to read how he used his...Read More »
63 of 71 | Posted by: Linda Fleming Moore - Dallas, TX

“Linda and Family, Linnea and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and the entire Foster family. Bill was truely a character...a man of true...Read More »
64 of 71 | Posted by: Jack B. Howard - St. Louis, MO

“Dear Linda and family, I had the good fortune to have been one of Bill's high school classmates (Ruth Dodson Collins shared this sad news with me)...Read More »
65 of 71 | Posted by: Pamela Armstrong Arons - Mendon, MA

“Dear Linda and Family: To work with you and Bill over the years was always a pleasure. Bill helped me many times in my professional career. I offer...Read More »
66 of 71 | Posted by: Matt Overaker - Springfield, IL

“Dear Linda and the Foster famiy, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your husband, father, and friend to many. Bill was an inspiration to all...Read More »
67 of 71 | Posted by: Jay and Jodi Cole - Springfield, IL

“Please accept our deepest sympathy in the passing of your husband and father - a life cut short too soon. Bill was a friend to so many and he had a...Read More »
68 of 71 | Posted by: Linda Bohan - Springfield, IL

“I'm thinking of you and will be sending prayers and love from New Jersey. ”
69 of 71 | Posted by: Elnora Schell - Manchester, NJ

“We send our love and support from Canada. We are thinking of you all and we love you. ”
70 of 71 | Posted by: Ross and Ellen Francis - Hamilton

“My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you all. Much love, Phyll ”
71 of 71 | Posted by: Phyllis Young (Aunt Phyll)


William "Bill" Foster, 60, of Springfield died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2008 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born April 27, 1948 in Springfield, the son of Merrill and Olive Schell Foster. He married Linda Robinson on January 21, 1984 in Herrin, IL. Bill graduated from Springfield High School and received his bachelor's degree in political science from Denison University, and his master's degree in public administration from the University of Illinois - Springfield. He held various state government positions, including Director of the House Democratic Appropriations staff, and Deputy Comptroller. In 1987, he founded the government relations firm William S. Foster & Associates, and was co-founder and co-owner of Boone's Saloon. Bill was active in community affairs having served on the Capitol Township Board of Trustees, the Springfield Park Board, the board of the Springfield Airport Authority, and the board of the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. He was a founding member of the Capitol Area Sports Commission, and assistant treasurer of the Illinois Association of Park Districts from 1979-1983. He coached youth basketball and soccer for 10 years and served as official scorer for SHG Girls Basketball and Volleyball from 2000-2004. He was a life member and past president of the American Business Club. He served as tournament chairman from 1989-1990, vice president of the board of directors in 1991, president of board of directors in 1992, and chairman of the board of directors from 1994-2001 for the LPGA State Farm Classic. From 1996-2001 he served on the LPGA Tournament Sponsors Association in various capacities. He was an accomplished writer and published several articles and booklets for the Taxpayer's Federation of Illinois. He is preceded in death by his parents. Bill is survived by his wife, Linda of Springfield; daughters, Shannon (husband, Wes) Woodruff of Sugar Land, TX and Jennifer Foster of Springfield; son, Christopher Foster of Springfield; grandson, Jack Woodruff of Sugar Land, TX; sister, Phyllis (husband, Scott) Baecker of Cromwell, CT; his nephews, Bill and Mike Baecker; two aunts, and three cousins. Family will receive friends from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 14, 2008 at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. A memorial ceremony will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at Panther Creek Golf Course at the 18th green, Springfield. Friends and family will be able to park on the street in the Panther Creek neighborhood. Please arrive at the Main Entrance to Panther Creek (Veterans Parkway) and advise Springfield Police of your attendance for Bill's ceremonies. Staff members will be at the main entrance to direct guests to the 18th green. Guests are advised to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to allow time to walk to the 18th green. Private family interment will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to the Foster Family Children Education Fund, US Bank, 205 S. 5th, Springfield, IL, 62701, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 651 W. Washington Blvd, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60661.

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