Owen Amlee Foss

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  • Name: Owen Amlee Foss
  • Location of Birth: Pigeon Falls, Wisconsin
  • Date of Birth: December 25, 1921
  • Date of Death: February 19, 2015 (93 years old)
  • Parents: Olger and Mabel Foss
  • High School and Class: 1939 - Washington High School, Brainerd, Minnesota
  • College: Brainerd Junior College in Brainerd, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: CPL (Corporal)
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Military Highlights:
    Owen enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1942 where he served for three and a half years during World War II. Part of that time was spent in England with the Eighth Air Force.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Owen moved with his parents from Whitehall, Wisconsin to Brainerd, Minnesota at the age of eight.

    On May 18, 1943, Owen was married to Vivian Marlys Ebinger at Langley Field Air Base in Hampton, Virginia.

    Upon discharge from the service, Owen returned to Brainerd where he owned and operated a grocery store for several years before joining the Pillsbury Company. In 1953, Owen was transferred to Grand Rapids, Minnesota to manage the Pillsbury Warehouse, later becoming a sales representative. In 1974, Owen joined Century 21. For several years he was an appraiser/assessor for Itasca County retiring in 1987.

    Owen was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota for over 50 years. He served two terms on the church council, ushered, taught confirmands, and was active in other church and community organizations such as Kiwanis, Jaycees and Toastmasters.

    In 2004, Owen and Virginia moved to Plymouth, Minnesota to be near family. In 2009, they moved to Lyngblomsten Apartments in St. Paul, Minnesota and joined Pilgrim Lutheran, becoming part of a four-generation family at the church.

    Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife of 67 years, Vivian, who died in 2010.

    He is survived by two daughters, Marsha Foss and Marilyn Foss (Thomas Sherwood); one son, Greg Owen (Patricia); four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

    Owen is buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-C-22-21)

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