Earl H. Foss, 74, Chetopa, Kan., died at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.


Earl H. Foss, 74, Chetopa, Kan., died at 6:45 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

He was born April 8, 1933, in Loveland, Colo., to Arthur and Frances (Hodges) Foss.
He graduated from Columbus High School before entering the U.S. Army, where he served from 1953 – 1955. Following his discharge, he continued serving his country through the Army Reserves from 1955-1963.

He was raised in the rural Oswego area. He farmed off and on throughout his entire life.  He worked for B.F. Goodrich in Miami, Okla. for many years, then for Sunbeam in Neosho, until retirement.

He and Pat S. Ridgway were married July 17, 1953, in Chetopa. She preceded him in death Aug. 8, 1998. 

He and JoAnn (Pearce) Morgan were married Sept. 3, 1999, at Miami.

He was one of the Founders of the Chetopa Little League and greatly enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball. He was also a member and past president of the Chetopa Jaycees.  His favorite pastime was baseball, which he shared his love of the game with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and harvest time in the pecan groves. He loved spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren play sports. He was an active member of the Community Bible Church in Chetopa, where he received great pleasure from volunteering.

Additional survivors include his wife, JoAnn Fross of the home; three sons, Bobby Foss, Neosho, Craig Foss and his wife, Janice, Hollister, Mo., and Joe Foss and his wife, Kathy, Chetopa; three daughters, Becky Hale, Chetopa, Jan Back and her husband, Gregg, Oswego, Kan., Kelli Riddle and her husband, R. L., Chetopa; two stepsons, Rick Goodrich, Columbus, Kan., Gary Goodrich and his wife, Tammy, Baxter Springs, Kan., one stepdaughter, Debbie Benefeld and her husband, Randy, Pittsburg, Kan., 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren; twin brother, Merle Foss, St. Charles, Mo., three sisters, Bettie Jean Nash, Altamont, Kan., Norma Lee Ferguson and her husband, Ellis, Altamont, Jackie Nash, Altamont.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Chetopa, with military honors given by American Legion Post No. 147 Funeral Detail, Miami.

Memorials are suggested to the Community Bible Church. These may be left at or mailed to Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, Kan. 67336.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, Chetopa, Kan.