Leo Valgene ‘Val’ Foster - February 19, 2010
Leo Valgene ‘Val’ Foster, 79, passed away in Omaha’s Methodist Hospital early Friday morning, Feb. 19, 2010.
He was born March 25, 1930, in Benkelman, Neb., to Leo Chesney and VaLeita Alberta (Fallert) Foster and graduated from high school in Max, Neb. He married Edith Maxine Stover in October, 1950. They were blessed with six daughters.
Throughout his life as a Co-op manager and agricultural consultant, Val lived in many Nebraska towns including Benkelman, Wauneta, Rising City, Grand Island, Lincoln, and Columbus. His desire and passion to educate third world countries to become more efficient in producing their own food supplies allowed him to experience working and living in Ghana, West Africa and Swaziland, South Africa.
He later consulted with the USDA in Washington D.C. to create budgeting templates. When the Soviet Union dissolved, Val consulted in Armenia to help the country transition their agricultural economy from communism to free enterprise.
In addition to working abroad, his love for travel took him to places such as Holland, England, the Caribbean, Egypt, and many other African nations.
After retiring in Omaha, Neb., Val married Ila (Humphreys) Mossburgh in January, 1998. Prior to passing away he resided at the Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, Neb.
Val is preceded in death by his parents; wife Maxine; daughters Karen LeAnn Hoffman, Valerie Jean, and Lillian DeLora; step-mother Irene (Mosier) Foster; step-sister Linda and her husband Dick Reed; step-daughter Nancy Lea Mossburgh; and step-grandson Jackson Mossburgh.
Val’s wealth of knowledge, wit and humor will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Ila, of Omaha; daughters: Roni and husband Marty Vapenik of Lexington, Neb., Wilma O’Neil of Fort Collins, Colo., Lois and husband Glen Clatterbuck of Omaha; step-son Will Mossburgh and wife Cassi, of Omaha; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Kenneth Foster and wife Marlene of McCook, Neb., and Keith Foster and wife Liz of Orlando, Fla.; sisters Joan Schwartz of North Platte, Neb., and Luan and husband Ramon Jesch of Boulder, Colo.; step-sister Diane and husband Frank Casey of Montrose, Colo.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a multitude of friends.
Val will be laid to rest in Benkelman. The funeral will be held on Feb. 26 at the United Methodist Church, Benkelman, at 10:00 a.m. (MT). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial funds be made to Nancy Mossburgh Memorial Scholarship, The Masonic Home, 1300 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE 68048, the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, NE 69021, or a charity of your choice.