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home : obituaries : obituaries   July 27, 2015

12/13/2012 7:02:00 PM
Melvin Foster
NT Staff

Merlin H. Foster, 69, of Ohio, Ill., died Dec. 7, 2012, in Park Ridge.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 in Bache Memorial Chapel, Van Orin. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will be private.

Mr. Foster was born Jan. 19, 1943, to William and Marian (House) Foster. He married Kathryn Honeman Muldoon on April 25, 1987.

Merlin was a truck driver for 32 years, driving for Zellmer’s, Purdy Brothers, Harvey Clark, D.O.T. Rail and others. For the past 10 years, he was self-employed at Beaver Creek Lawn Service. He was a Good Sam member in the Bureau Valley Sam’s chapter.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn of Ohio; eight children, Vanessa (Randy) Lewis, Amy Stroud, Debbie Muldoon, Cindy (Greg) Perry, Jennie (Bob) Ebervein, Tracey Muldoon, John (Deidre) Muldoon and Kevin (Lisa) Muldoon; 22 grandchildren, Randy Lewis Jr., Amanda (Matt) Everett, Nate Lewis, Danielle (Tom) Rhodes, Tina (Christian) Gonzalez, Sean O’Toole, Sara Perry, Ryan Perry, Kyle Perry, Mia Reyes, Justin Frantzen, Adam Frantzen, Alyssa Stroud, Emily Szoke, Brook Muldoon, Tyler Perry, Zachary Muldoon, Caitlin Ebervein, Megan Muldoon, Michael Szoke, Brandi Muldoon and Ethan Precesan; seven great-grandchildren, Alex Everett, Liam Gonzalez, Analisha Everette, Keegan Husband, Jeremy Lewis, Lila Gonzalez and Derrick Lewis; one brother, Glenn (Barb) Foster; and three sisters, Mary (Roger) Kramer, Jean (Tom) Holmberg and Bonnie (Bill) Catton.

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