Kenneth Bert Fosberg

April 12, 1928January 27, 2013

Kenneth Fosberg, devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away from this earth on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. He died at a Boise hospital of natural causes while surrounded by family members. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2nd at Valley Christian Church, 1325 NW 1 ½ Ave., Fruitland. Condolences may be made to Ken’s family at

Ken was born on April 12, 1928 in Farmington, NM to Hattie and Bert Fosberg. He graduated from Durango High School and was a proud “Durango Demon” athlete. He was incredibly popular in school, which led to his business success later in life. Ken met the love of his life and married Carmene Frates Jan. 10, 1954. They raised three children, Kristy, Jody, and Becki. He worked in the gas fields in New Mexico before going to work for Safeway as a produce manager in Colorado and Idaho. He retired from Safeway in 1982 and later worked for Farmer Jack, Red Apple, and Jerry’s Market. His outgoing friendly personality made him a popular and well-loved local personality whether at work, at a local civic event, or any sports venue in the valley. He never met a stranger and enjoyed making people laugh. He loved the outdoors and his family was his greatest priority in life.

Ken is survived by his wife Carmene of 59 years; his children Kristi (Jerry) Ziegler of Payette, Jody (Margaret) Fosberg of Cambridge, Becki (LeRoy) Forsman of Nampa; his grandchildren include Katie (Jeff) Mosso and their children Tyler, Kody, and Kylee of Olympia, Amy (Chad) Belvoir and their children Shelby and Makayla of Payette, Tiffany (Sam) Ames and their children Abigail, Madeline, and Isabel of Nampa, Terra (Scott) Stinnett and their children Casey and Brielle of Nampa, Trisha (Cody) Phillips of Payette, Josh Fosberg (Ashley Ruiz) of Payette, Zach (Chelsey) Forsman with a great grandchild on the way of Nampa, and Carlie (Jason) Reynolds of Nampa. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

The family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers or other donations, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2013

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Lynae Mitchell Frates

February 11, 2013

I first men Kenny when he visited with me & taught me over produce. He was always a delight to talk to, pleasant, friendly, helpful, kind. He will be greatly missed. May the Lord strengthen & assist you to find peace.

Janet Baker

February 2, 2013

So sorry to hear about Ken. I remember great times with him and the whole Fosberg family!!! Just remember no one can take away the memories you had together!!! Thinking of you and the whole family at this time!!!Love Janet (Fager) Baker

Lee And Lee Nelson

February 2, 2013

So sorry to hear about Ken. May God comfort you all at this time of loss.

February 1, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Ken was a wonderful man. He will be sorely missed by family and friends alike. Bill and Diane Sherer

Trisha Fosberg Phillips

February 1, 2013

It is still hard to believe that Grandpa is no longer with us in the physical sense. However, he will always be with us in so many other ways. I am so thankful that I am lucky enough to be a Fosberg. I have the Fosberg nose and I am proud of it. I look forward to one day telling my children the story of how their Great Grandpa Kenny was born, or at least the way he claims to have been born! I can't wait to teach them where the hen, rooster and pullet/"pull-it" live. Someday I will teach them the very few words of Paiute Indian and Pig Latin that Grandpa taught me. I will call them Tunker and make sure that they know that they are Fosberg's and should be very proud of the man who started this amazing family. Every time I hear an old cowboy song, I will think of him. When I see a piece of wood that is perfect for whittling into something, I will think of him. When I see the produce section in a grocery story, I will think about how much better Grandpa would have done it! And when I can't decide what kind of pie I want at Thanksgiving, I will take a sliver of each, just like Grandpa did! Our lives will never be the same without you Grandpa. We love you and we will miss you more than you will ever know!

Charles Phillips

February 1, 2013

I was glad that I had a chance to meet him briefly a couple of times. So sorry for your loss. I could tell, brief as it was, that he was a great and pleasant man. I am sure he brought a lot of joy to your family. You are in our hearts and will pray for you during your time of need. Love Charles and Cheryl Phillips (Middleton, ID)

Tom and Karen Frates

January 31, 2013

So sorry to hear about Kenny. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.