Donald Foster, 86, of Indianapolis, IN, peacefully passed away on January 9, 2024, in Sheridan, Indiana. Born on August 20, 1937, in Indianapolis, IN, Donald, also known as Donnie Foster, lived a life rooted in faith, characterized by humility, gratitude, and respect for all of God's creation.
Donnie dedicated his life to serving the Lord as a non-denominational pastor, guiding and inspiring others on their spiritual journeys. He faithfully served at Living Word Fellowship in Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania, and Delta Pennsylvania, where he shared the teachings of Christ and exemplified the virtues of compassion, forgiveness, and love. Donnie's unwavering faith and devotion to God were evident in every aspect of his life, serving as a shining example to all who knew him.
In addition to his spiritual calling, Donnie possessed a gentle and humble spirit. He approached life with a profound sense of gratitude, recognizing the blessings bestowed upon him and expressing appreciation for the simplest joys. Donnie's humility allowed him to connect with others on a deep level, offering support, encouragement, and understanding to those in need.
Donnie's journey of faith was intertwined with his service in the US Navy. From 1955 to around 1963, he served on the USS Norfolk DL1, fulfilling his duty to his country with honor and dedication. As an electrician, Donnie played a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation of the ship, displaying his commitment to excellence and his unwavering sense of duty.
Following his military service, Donnie embarked on a career as an electrician, utilizing the skills he had acquired in the Navy. His dedication, precision, and attention to detail made him a highly respected professional in his field. Additionally, Donnie spent over a decade working at BJ Wholesale, where he joyfully shared samples with customers, fostering a sense of warmth and connection in each interaction.
Donnie's love for God and his fellow human beings was evident in his interactions with others, but he also found solace and fulfillment in his personal pursuits. He cultivated a deep passion for martial arts, diligently training and honing his skills. Through discipline and perseverance, Donnie achieved the remarkable rank of a black belt, 5th down from Bruce Lee. In 2004, He was entered into the Legends Champion Martial Arts Hall of Fame with title of Karate Grandmaster as a senior citizen. He was awarded Master of the year at the awards banquet in Baltimore, Maryland in September 2004. He passed his skills down to his grandchildren, who felt of him as a father.
Donnie treasured his family, finding immense joy and fulfillment in their presence. He is survived by his sister, Marjorie White (Charles), and his children: Naomi Faith Wadley, Samuel David Foster (Jeanine), Nathaniel Enoch Foster, and Charity Rebecca Foster. Donnie was also a proud grandfather to Rachel Johns, Michael Johns, and Gabriel Johns; Dalton Foster; and Heidi Kendall (Kenny). His great-grandchildren, Ariana Johns and Gracelyn Hope Kendall, brought him immeasurable delight, and he cherished each of them.
Donnie was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Foster and Jeanetta Foster Caswell (Bill), as well as his dear brother and sister-in-law, Clyde Foster (Patricia).
The compassionate professionals at Indiana Funeral Care, located in Indianapolis, IN, are providing support and guidance to the family during this difficult time, ensuring that Donnie's final journey is carried out with reverence and care.
Donnie Foster's life was a testament to the power of faith, humility, gratitude, and love. His unwavering devotion to God and his fellow human beings served as a guiding light, illuminating the path for others to follow. As we bid farewell to this remarkable soul, let us remember his gentle spirit, his unwavering faith, and his enduring legacy of love. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.