Chaplain Lowel Dean Foster
October 28, 1932 – March 13, 2021
Lowel D. Foster, 88, reported for his last "duty station" on March 13th, 2021 due to complications from advanced dementia.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Inez Louise (Miller) Foster and four brothers, James Foster of Okatie, SC, Mark Foster of Roanoke, AL, Harold Jones and Michael Foster. He is survived by a daughter, Pamela Ann Young and husband, Lanny of Grafton, VA.; and a son, Lowel Brent Foster of Kilmarnock, VA. He was blessed with two grandchildren, Leah Michelle Foster and Ian Bryce Foster and two great grandchildren Iya Lynn Papperelli and Salem Foster. Coming from a large family, he has living, one sister, Mary Ethel Parker of Simpsonville, SC, and brothers, Douglas Foster of Wooster, OH, Richard Foster of Milledgeville, GA, Howard Foster of Estes Park, CO, Harvey Ray Foster of Simpsonville, SC, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Lowel Foster was born in Elmore County, AL in 1932, the son of the late Harvey Dean Foster and Ethel Pratt Foster. Lowel was graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and met his wife, Inez Louise (Miller) Foster. After three years of graduate studies in the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, he received his Masters of Divinity in 1956. From June 1956 until June 1966 he served as a Nazarene minister to three churches in Georgia, two years in Bainbridge, three years in Ft. Valley, and five years in Rossville. Beginning in 1966 Lowel's ministry was led into another field of service. On April 12, 1966 he was sworn into the United States Air Force as a chaplain. His first assignment was Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, SC. Because of his sincere love of humanity, he was quickly identified as the "Counseling Chaplain." He then served for one remote year in Korea. March Air Force base was his next assignment, where he organized and built an extremely large Sunday school. From 1972-1976 he served at Wheeler Air Force base on Oahu, Hawaii. One indelible memory for Lowel and his family was to witness our first prisoners of the Viet Nam War touch down on American soil and kiss the ground. The Air Force, preparing him for later responsibilities, assigned him to ten months of "Air Command and Staff College" in Montgomery, AL. He then served as hospital chaplain at Andrews Air Force Base. For two years he served on the "Inspector General's Team" out of Norton Air Force Base. It was his responsibility to conduct Chaplain Service Management Inspections and Functional Management and collect data to evaluate management effectiveness of the Chaplain Service Air Force-wide.
During the early eighties Lowel served as "Deputy Command Chaplain" for the Korean Peninsula. There he provided staff supervision for over 50 chaplains and 50 Chapel Activity Specialists. He and his wife were afforded the opportunity to travel to the DMZ and walk around the conference table we see on TV, dividing the North from the South. At Langley Air Force Base, where he traveled for Tactical Command Headquarters, he served as Chief of Personnel and Inspections of chaplain's services at TAC bases and National Guard units. During this tour of duty, he was promoted to "Full Colonel." His next to last assignment was Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM. He was Installation Staff Chaplain and served on the Wing Commander's Staff. His final military assignment was Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. As Command Chaplain his mission at the Air Force Military Personnel Center was to provide technical and administrative support to the Chief of Chaplains, Headquarters, for the United States Air Force.
In preparation for his responsibilities through the years he was privileged and grateful for the opportunities to study at Houston Medical Center, John's Hopkins Medical Center and Walter Reed. Lowel spent almost 30 years as an Air Force Chaplain, plus 10 years in civilian ministry. He served his God and country and now his last promotion.
Lowel Foster was the best father and husband anyone could have. His loyalty, wisdom, kindness, and love for his family was unmatched. When we (his son and daughter) were small, we actually thought he was an angel because of his spirit and gentle loving nature. He was a loving husband, the epitome of "Christian Fatherhood" and a true "gentle" gentleman. Thank you, Dad, for being the best. You are the best man we ever knew, now better than you’ve ever been.
His viewing will be April 18th 2021 from 2-4pm at Nelsen Funeral Home. His military funeral will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, on "Chaplain's Hill." In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com
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Chaplain Lowel Dean Foster
March 21, 2021
What an amazing story for his “dash” between birth and death. What a wonderful tribute and story. The people that he served were blessed to have someone so kind, caring and knowledgeable. He surely made a difference in so many of their lives (military and otherwise.) I wish I could have known him. I hope he and my grandfather meet in heaven because they will be best buds I know it! You were so lucky to have such a wonderful father and mentor. I’m sure he’s the reason you are so lovely my sweet, dear friend, Pam. Love you, Brenda XO
March 17, 2021
Lowel and Inez were wonderful friends to both of us. They introduced Betty to me while I was in the Air Force and Betty became my wife. We loved them both dearly and will miss talking to them. We know they are both together and rejoicing in heaven.
Condolences to the children whom we love very much.
Marvin & Betty Potter
March 17, 2021
RIP Lowel. Or as Inez always called him “Sweetie”. Inez and Lowel were wonderful neighbors and John and I were happy to have known them. They were great people. We enjoyed going to lunch with them. Condolences to the family. We know they are happy in heaven together.