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Virgil F. Foster

December 30, 1929 ~ April 17, 2018 (age 88)

Virgil Foster, 88, born December 30, 1929 to early Wilkinson Township homesteaders, David and Mary Louise (Carrier) Foster, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Brainerd, MN.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 21, 2018 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cass Lake, MN.  Visitation is from 9:00-10:00 a.m., with funeral service at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery and luncheon to follow at St. Charles social hall. 

Virgil married Ethel Morriset August 25, 1951.  The couple took over the homestead farm where they raised their children: Georgeine (Dennis) Conner, Robert (Janice), Thomas, Rosemary (Steven) Klaven, Betty (Ray) Harsila, Michael (Bobbi), William (Brenda), and Patrick (Terri).  In addition to the usual farm livestock, Virgil and Ethel operated the Willow Row Barn Dance and Bar.  They, and their family often showed livestock at area county fairs and the MN State Fair.  Virgil and his family achieved the MN Centennial Farm Award.  Virgil served as the Cass County 5th District Commissioner for 33 years.  Over the years, he served on numerous boards and committees.  At the time of retiring from county commissioner, he had set a state record serving the most years.  He was instrumental in the development of mental health services for rural areas of Minnesota.  Acting as chair of the Mississippi Headwaters board, he was a key force in forming and implementing efforts to clean up the river.  Virgil was active in the Cass Lake Lions Club, was a volunteer leader of the MN 4-H program, and a life member of St. Charles Catholic Church.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ethel; sisters, Florence Clark, Lila Patterson, Arline Gaetano, Mary Church; brothers, George, Joseph, Robert, and Benjamin Foster; and infant granddaughters, Mary and Elizabeth.  He is survived by his eight children, extended family, numerous grand and great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who enjoyed visiting Uncle Virg and spending time on the family farm.

Funeral arrangements by Dennis Funeral Home (  The family would like to thank Bethany Good Samaritan Home for the wonderful care they provided Virgil and family, as well as Horizon hospice care.

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