Walter Wendell Foster of Fort Myers, Fla., died Wednesday following a sudden injury. He was 89.
Born Feb. 10, 1923, in Punta Gorda, Fla., he was a son of the late Reba (Ewell) and Walter L. Foster. He was a resident of Fort Myers throughout his youth.
At a young age, he showed great skill in the field of electrical construction. He put that talent to work during World War II and became the youngest journeyman electrician to serve in the U.S. Navy. He returned to Fort Myers and lived there until moving to Indianapolis in 1948. He was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for more than 66 years and entered the Masonic Lodge, eventually becoming a 32nd Degree Mason. In 1985, he retired and then relocated back to Fort Myers where he always enjoyed being a member of the Orange Harbor Boat Club for Life.
Survivors include sons Lewis (Jane) and Alan (Anne) Foster; a daughter, Laura Giannini; a sister, Joan (Jack) Wittenborn; grandchildren Dax Foster, Brock Foster, Carrie Vandergoore, Mandy Kishpaugh, Adam Giannini, and Justin Foster; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family members and friends.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Kitty Sue Foster; a son, Stephen Foster; and sisters Doris Carver and Barbara Harrison.
Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services in Fort Myers are handling arrangements.
Memorial may be made to either the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, (877) 832-6997 or to the USO, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20090, (800) 876-7469.
Online condolences may be made at www.andersonpatterson.com.