Jan. 20, 1965-Aug. 31, 2000 Theodore “Ted” Joseph Foss, 35, of 410 Pleasant Hill Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, as a result of a traffic accident. Ted was born Jan. 20, 1965, in Zumbrota, Minn., the son of Shirley Renee (Holmes) and LeRoy Llewellyn Foss. He grew up on the family farm near Kenyon, Minn., and later moved with his family at age 10 to Bagley, Minn. He graduated from Bagley High School and also from the Alexandra Vocational Technical Institute with a degree in law enforcement. He worked part time as a police officer for the city of Clear Brook, Minn., and also as a groundskeeper for the Twin Pine’s Golf Course.
Ted began his career with the Minnesota State Patrol as a trooper candidate in State Patrol School. He excelled early and graduated as one of the top students. In November 1986 he was assigned to the Winona Station in the Rochester District.
Ted’s career flourished early, and he received two commendations for professionalism while on duty, involving a bank robbery and again for a fatal automobile crash. He was promoted to trooper 1 in 1991 and to corporal in 1997.
Ted married Andrea Kay Gerth on Sept. 15, 1990, at Grace Presbyterian Church, Winona.
He was an avid athlete since high school, participating in football, basketball and golf. His love of golf drove him to making a hole-in-one at the Northfield (Minn.) Golf Course and winning two State Trooper Golf Tournaments in the state of Minnesota. His love of the “greens” carried over into his yard at home, which he was proud of and enjoyed decorating for Christmas. He loved to take his family and friends for boat rides on the river and to hunt turkeys and pheasants.
He is survived by his wife, Andrea; son, Mitchell, age 5; daughter, Hannah, age 2; mother, Shirley Foss of Cannon Falls, Minn.; brother, Bill Foss of Kenyon; five sisters, Christine Foss of Minneapolis, Julie (Bob) Miller of Bloomington, Minn., Marianna (Mac) MacDonald and Theron Homeier, both of Kenyon, and Ramona (Ken) Djernes of Fosston, Minn.; several aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and two special friends, Norm Allen and Pamela Holberg-Allen.
He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Eric in infancy and Paul as a result of a car accident.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, on the campus of Winona State University, McCown Gymnasium. Officiating will be the Rev. Hugh Drennan of Grace Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Wednesday after 9:30 a.m. at Winona State University.
Casketbearers will be the Minnesota State Patrol Honor Guard and honorary casketbearers will be all of Ted and Andrea’s colleagues in law enforcement.
The family is establishing an endowment to help fund scholarships for students pursuing a career in law enforcement. Friends are encouraged to donate to this worthy cause in Ted’s honor.
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