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Jeffrey R. Foster, age 56, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at his residence, after a four year battle with ALS. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. Rev. Janet Miller and Jerod Jordan will officiate. Music will be provided by Marcia Jelsma as organist with Dan Clarke as soloist. The family is requested to meet by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the church for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Monday from 5-7 p.m. and also prior to services on Tuesday at the church.
Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery in Estelline, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be his customers from Woody’s, his colleagues in the Banking Business and the Estelline Class of 1980. Active pallbearers will be: Scooter Jacobson, Steve Briggs, Brian Hopkins, Norlyn Hanson, Kevin Keszler and Josh Kieso.
Jeff was born on October 12, 1961, to Ron and Jeanette (Hutt) Foster in Brookings, SD. After graduating from Estelline High School in 1980, he attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. Jeff then attended Lake Area Technical School in Watertown, where he obtained a Banking Degree.
He married Mary Sheehan, and to this union two children were born. Jeff worked for the State of South Dakota as a bank examiner, and then worked for the banks in Huron, SD, DeSmet, SD, Lake Benton, MN and Sioux Falls, SD, ending his career in banking as President of 1st Bank and Trust in Watertown.
On May 28, 1994, Jeff was united in marriage to Tammy Nicholson, whom he met while working in DeSmet. Jeff and Tammy owned Express Photo in Watertown for 18 years. In 2007, they purchased Woody’s Sports Bar in Watertown. Jeff enjoyed playing golf and watching the Minnesota Twins, Vikings and Gophers. He loved going to his children’s activities. Jeff was a big advocate and sponsored many pool, dart and softball teams. He loved his two cats, Koko and Kelly. Jeff was on the LATI Advisory Board, Lions Club and led the Cracker Barrel. He was a member of Town Players and a lifetime member of Farmers Union. He enjoyed going to a Masters Tournament, a Super Bowl and the 1987 World Series. His greatest joy was the birth of his grandchildren.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Tammy, of Watertown, SD; his children, Jordan Foster of Vermillion, SD and Kelsi (Brandon) Houge of Huron, SD; his two grandchildren, Emma and Bennett Houge; his mother, Jeanette Foster, of Estelline, SD; one brother, Todd (Jolynn) Foster of Brookings, SD; and one sister, Carla (Tom) Clarke of Estelline, SD.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ron; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Judy and Al Nicholson.