Roger Foster

May 17, 1937March 7, 2018

Roger Dean Foster, 80, of Lansing, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 while wintering with family in Sun Lakes, Arizona.

Roger was born to Doris (Davis) and Milton Foster in Lansing. Roger developed a deep passion for labor relations when he was employed by Diamond Reo Trucks. He was elected union steward and later president of UAW local 650. He taught labor relations at Lansing Community College and retired as "maintenance engineer" from the UAW international union on River Street.

Roger loved his four children. He could not have been prouder of his daughter Cindi (Larry) Pearson of Queen Creek, AZ and their melon farming operation. Cindi talked to her father nearly every day, she was without a doubt the glue that kept everyone together despite the distance. Tom "Shanks" (Donna) Foster of Yuma, AZ, was more like his "pops" than he might care to admit. He shares Roger's easygoing nature and quick wit. One of Roger's happiest times in life was when his career path crossed with his daughter Lisa Thelen (Darren Stewart) when they both worked for the UAW. He instilled a love of the outdoors in his "Little Smell" Melissa (Darin "Daryl" Meggers) of Baker, MT. He spent the last six autumns chasing mule deer, antelope, and especially rooster pheasants in the Big Sky state.

He married Myra "Rhymes" Sibley in 1979. She was the love of his life. They shared many wonderful years and adventures together. From trips to Houghton Lake, to simply working in the yard (Roger grew the best tomatoes in Ingham County) or taking a night out with friends, Myra and Roger were an inseparable team. After nearly 40 years of marriage they could still be found most summer evenings sitting hand-in-hand on the swing in their yard.

Roger was an avid hunter and fisherman. Before he lost his best fishing partner Dale McDonald, you could often find them in the boat out on Crooked Lake. It was always his friend Gary Watson's responsibility to let him know when the bluegills were on the beds. He also leaves behind hunting/fishing buddies Gene Sibley, Ken Carpenter, Randy Eding, James Taylor, and others.

Roger's outgoing, fun-loving personality was contagious. Everywhere he went, Roger would wander off and strike up a conversation if he saw a guy fishin', or a guy who looked like he might like to hunt, or just someone walking down the street. He'd say, "I've never had anyone get mad at me for talking to them".

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister-in-law Michelle Foster. He leaves behind his wife and children; two brothers Milton Junior (Joan "Squeak") Foster, and David Foster; six grandchildren Lisa Pearson-Podesta (Mark Long), Makenzie Thelen, Zachary Thelen, Beau (Chelsea) Clark, Thomas Roger (Felicia) Foster, and Blake Stewart; six great-grandchildren Madison Podesta, Chase Podesta, Penelope Clark, little Beau Clark, Jamie Foster, and Freyja Foster; two brother-in-law's Gene (Jo) Sibley, Harry "Bud" (Barb) Sibley, and numerous nieces and nephews. Every year Roger looked forward to seeing the whole Foster clan at the Foster Family Reunion. He will be dearly missed.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 3:00pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, Lansing Chapel, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing with visitation one hour prior.


  • Memorial Service Friday, March 16, 2018

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Estella Chavez

March 14, 2018

Roger will be missed greatly, here is a picture of him with his first great grandchild Madison, granddaughter Lisa and Daughter Cindi

Tammy Melser

March 14, 2018

Myra, I am so very sorry for your loss. I knew the first time Roger walked into my store.....he and I had a common sense of humor! He always made me smile. He will be missed, but I am blessed to have met him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

MaryJane Warren

March 11, 2018

Myra, I am so sorry. Roger was a wonderful man. I will miss him. Please let me know if you need anything. I will be there anytime.

All my Love,

Leesa Massman

March 11, 2018

Melissa and Myra,, so very sorry for your loss. Roger was a great guy! I have fond memories of many riding lessons with Missy. Roger and Myra were there for every one I think. Watching. learning and admiring their daughter's skill. You were blessed with a good man in your lives. Thoughts and prayers.

Becky Turner

March 11, 2018

Melissa and Myra, we are both so sorry! Roger was a fine and caring man who could always make us laugh. You have our deepest sympathies and you will be in our thoughts and prayers! Jim and Becky Turner

Mike Sibley

March 11, 2018

For me - my Uncle Roger represented a lot of firsts: my first ride in a Corvette, my first fishing trip without my parents, my first mushroom hunting. He was the first family member to embarrass me in front of my high school and college girlfriends. Along with my Aunt Myra - the first outside of my parents to congratulate me on every accomplishment in my life. He helped teach me not to take myself too seriously and how to show people that I really care about -- that I really care about them.
With great love I say goodbye