Rickie Elwood "Rick" Foster was born on June 17th, 1953, in Crockett, Texas, to Martha Ernestine Foster and Elwood Foster. Rickie passed away on April 14th, 2021, at the age of 67 years.
Rick moved to Fort Worth, Texas, as an infant. At 1 year of age, his parents bought a home in Haltom City, Texas, where Rick resided until he was married. He went through the Birdville ISD school system (West Birdville Elementary, Haltom Jr. High, and graduated from Haltom High School). Rick played football in Junior High and High School. He married right out of High School and became the father of 3 children. The fact that these 3 children became successful and happy, was what he considered one of the ultimate blessings of his life. He helped raise 4 other children outside of his first marriage, which he considered a privilege and blessing also. Rick worked as a welder for over 30 years, mostly alongside his father building transport tanks. Eventually, they owned Foster Tank Manufacturing Company together. Welding was Rickie’s dream job and what he loved until his health restricted him from continuing his vocation.
When he wasn’t working, Rick was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to visit Port Aransas to visit his sister and dad, where he also fished and enjoyed the beach. He usually had a hunting lease with friends. He loved attending football games when he could or even watching them on TV. He loved the Dallas Cowboys and looked forward to the Super Bowl regardless of who played. He was always up for the next poker game and was known to make an occasional wager on the outcome of a football game. He spent a lot of down time reading legal thrillers and continued this practice even after losing his sight through the use of audio books.
Rick was outgoing and fun loving. He was a hard worker always, loving to work with his hands. Outside work suited him. I guess you could say that he “worked hard and played hard.” If you needed help, you knew that you could call on Rick and he would come if he could. He was always helping someone move, change a tire, make a repair, etc. until his health prevented him from doing so. In turn, he had lots of friends who returned the favors when he was in need. Rick was very tender hearted. He could not tolerate seeing an animal in need or suffering. Likewise, he was known to provide for people down on their luck when he might not have much in his pocket. Many times, letting his heart lead instead of his circumstances.
Rick is preceded in death by his mother, Martha Ernestine Foster, and by his wife, Connie Hickman.
Rick is survived by his children, Marcus Foster, Mickey Foster and wife Renae Foster, Amanda Moler and husband Chris Moler, and Heather Garber, his father, Elwood Foster, sister, Marilyn Sue Foster Wheeler and husband James Louis Wheeler Sr., nephew, Capt. James Louis Wheeler Jr. and wife Amanda Marquez Wheeler, and grandchildren, Ashtyn Foster, Zachary Foster, Madison Foster and Emalyse Foster.
A Celebration of Life will be held at his favorite restaurant, Mexican Inn Cafe, at 2700 E. Lancaster Ave. Fort Worth, Texas 76103, on the 4/30 from 6-9pm. RSVP is required and may be sent to email@example.com no later than 4/27.
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