March 5, 1931 – May 2, 2021
KT passed away on May 2, 2021 in his favorite chair and watching Gunsmoke. Born 3/5/31 in Arkansas City KS to Pauline and Charlie Foust. Ken had 2 sisters and 1 brother. Charlie worked for Santa Fe and the family moved many times in Oklahoma and Kansas. In 1942, Ken was diagnosed with polio and spent several months in a Wichita hospital. When he was told he would not walk again, he decided to prove them wrong. Ken joined the military at 16 years old and proudly served his country. He was WWII and Korea Army Air Corp Veteran. He served 12 years in the Kansas Guard and rose to the rank of E7. Ken married Lois Widner in Arkansas City, Ks on April 12, 1952. They had 3 sons & 1 daughter. In 1954, he was hired at Santa Fe railways where he earned the Million Mile Safety Award. Every Santa Fe promotion required a move for the family, to Oklahoma, Texas, and finally New Mexico. In 1971, he was transferred to Albuquerque as Piggyback Operations Manager. KT retired from Santa Fe in 1986 and moved with Lois to Oklahoma to be closer to family. He also worked for Choctaw Express. Ken was a deacon in the church, boy scout leader, and a little league coach. If not railroad, Ken would have been a cowboy. He could ride and rope, raised hogs and loved being outdoors. He had a huge garden for many years that he shared with neighbors. He taught both of his kids to fish, hunt and change a tire. He enjoyed fishing with his brother, Bill. Ken was a Lifetime VFW member, longtime member of Oklahoma Railway Museum, and American Legion. He loved listening to county music and 2 of his favorites, Oklahoma Hills & Hello Darlin. Railroading was in his blood & could tell stories of hobos, helping his dad, and living by the tracks. Per KT, Santa Fe was the ONLY railroad. His sport was baseball and never understood why his son & son-in-law loved golf. Ken & Lois attended First Christian Church in Midwest City. After Lois passed away in 2015, Ken spent mornings at the Senior Center of Midwest City. Ken is now reunited with his wife of 63 years, Lois and 2 infant sons. He is survived by his daughter Debra Dunn (Steve), MWC, son Kenneth Bruce (Susan), Selbyville DE, Granddaughter, Elizabeth Dunn-Morton (Sean), Midwest City; Great Grandsons, Gary & Brandon Akins, Midwest City; Grandson, Rusty Hudson (Lih) & Great Granddaughter Ella of Duvall, WA. Sister-in-law, Donna Foust (Bill), Midwest City. A large extended family, with many cousins, nieces & nephews. At his request, a short memorial will be held May 15, 1100 at Arlington Cemetery in MWC.
Arlington Memory Gardens