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Wayne H. Foss

Published on November 7, 2017 3:46PM


Wayne H. Foss, 74, of John Day passed away Monday, Oct. 30, at his home. A celebration of life will be held May 19, 2018, with the time and location to be announced at a later time.

Foss was born May 19, 1943, to Robert Foss and Evelyn Foss (Dettman) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from Mukwonago High School in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. He then joined the United States Marine Corps in 1960, achieving the rank of corporal before separating in 1964. He married Marilyn Graff in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin, on Oct. 8, 1966.

Foss worked for 45 years as an operating engineer, heavy equipment operator and construction worker, retiring in 2013. He enjoyed woodworking, furniture restoration, hunting, camping, horseback riding and riding ATVs. He was proud of his accomplishments as an entrepreneur, running a tree service business, furniture restoration business and portable saw mill business as well as building his family’s log house. He was also a member of the Wales Volunteer Fire Department and EMT services.

He was preceded in death by his brother Lyle Foss.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Foss, of John Day; daughter Michele and husband, William McManama, of John Day; daughter Kimberly Heathcote of John Day; and one granddaughter.

To leave a condolence for the family, visit driskillmemorialchapel.com.



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