On January 19th Loyde Foster of McMinnville took off on his final flight. He was 96 years of age. He was the first of five children, born on July 15, 1918 in Oswego to Roy and Mabel (Bunn) Foster. His brothers Elvin, Dick and Kenneth, sister, Ruth, preceded him in death.

On January 19th Loyde Foster of McMinnville took off on his final flight. He was 96 years of age. He was the first of five children, born on July 15, 1918 in Oswego to Roy and Mabel (Bunn) Foster. His brothers Elvin, Dick and Kenneth, sister, Ruth, preceded him in death.

He attended West Linn high school until enlisting in the Navy in 1936. He served on the battleship USS Idaho until being discharged in July 1939. Inspired by Lindbergh’s 1927 solo flight he turned his attention to flying. He held aviation mechanic positions at Lockheed, American Export, Northrup and Douglas acquiring his A&E license. In 1943, as technical representative for Douglas he was required to re-enlist in the Navy Reserve to work in Eritrea Africa to support WW II aviation efforts.

After discharge from the Naval Reserve in October, 1944 he returned to California to become Fixed Base Operator at Artesia, Ca. He acquired commercial pilot and instrument ratings at that time. For the next several years he flew dozens of aircraft, including a Stearman, which he owned.

In December of 1948 he was accepted by TWA for Flight Engineer training. That was the beginning of his 39 year career with TWA ending upon his retirement in 1978.

In 1951 he met his future wife, Flight Attendant June Chapin. They were married on April 6, 1952 in Reno NV. His schedule with TWA over the years permitted him to build his dream home in Mount Shasta, Ca. where he and his wife lived for over 39 years, moving to McMinnville in 2011.

Love of aviation didn’t end in 1978 as he became interested in experimental aircraft building and became a member of the Experimental Aviation Assoc. and was a founding father of Chapter 654 in Siskiyou County, CA.

He went on to build his own Varieze - N77LF which he enjoyed taking trips in with his wife until 1984. In the meantime his reputation as a builder evolved into building airplanes for friends. He built or assisted in building another Varieze, a Glasair, Quickie-2, an RV-4 and a Thorp. As Technical Counselor for EAA Chapter 654 he assisted others with their homebuilt projects. He was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in that Chapter.

Left behind with memories of his wonderful life are his wife of 62 years, June, of McMinnville; daughter Janis (M. Bryan) Keeney of Beaverton; son Richard of Vancouver and his very special grandchildren Brian (Heather) Barbeau of Hillsboro and Portia (Diamond) Perkins of Vancouver., sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

At his request no services will be held. In lieu of flowers donations to Siskiyou Humane Society would be appreciated.

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