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Donald Jacob Foos
Donald Jacob Foos, 90, of Green Camp died at 12:30 PM Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at Marion General Hospital.  The oldest son of Henry C. and Lucy Smeltzer Foos, he was born in Green Camp Township, Marion County, OH on July 22, 1914.

Don was a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church in Green Camp and the former Prospect Lodge #444 Free and Accepted Masons.  In 1932, he graduated from Richwood High School.  He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1939 with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture.   While attending OSU, Don was an honor student and a member of the Tower Club.  On June 17, 1939 he married his college sweetheart, Donna Roebuck, of Huntsville, Ohio.  She died October 12, 2004.  For the next two years, Don taught Vocational Agriculture at Waynesfield High School in Auglaize Co., Ohio.  Except for 3 years residing in Union County, Don and Donna lived and farmed in Marion County near Green Camp.  In addition to grain farming, he was a breeder of registered Black Angus cattle, and registered Shropshire Sheep for about 55 years and a staunch supporter of various breed stock associations.  He lived most of his adult life on the farm of his maternal grandfather, Jacob Smeltzer, also a breeder of registered Black Angus cattle.  He clerked Monday livestock sales for the Marion Producers for a number of years.  Don and Donna worked together to clerk farm sales for several auctioneers.  In addition to showing cattle and sheep at the Ohio State Fair, Don worked as Superintendent of Breed Sheep for many years.

He is survived by 2 daughters, Janet (Jack) Lutz, Greenville, Ohio; and Janice (Earl) Helmbrecht, Zanesville, Ohio, 5 grandchildren, Julie Lutz, Largo, Florida; Jodi (Jay) Regula, Plain City; Jeff Lutz, Greenville, Ohio; Karen (Sean) Dickson, Smyrna, Georgia; and Clint Helmbrecht, New Albany, Ohio, 4 great-grandchildren, Carter Regula, Natalie Regula, Kya Dickson and Conner Dickson, and 1 brother, Jim (Dora Mae) Foos, Richwood.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2005 at 10:30 A.M. in the Gehm-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect, OH with Rev. Dave Lippert officiating.  Burial will be in Green Camp Cemetery.  Visitation will be held at Gehm-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect on Friday from 5 to 7 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Reformed Church, 4234 Green Camp-Essex Road, Marion, OH  43302 or The Ohio 4-H Foundation, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus, OH  43210-1084.

Condolences to the family may be sent online at www.ballingerfuneralhome.com.

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#1 from: Donna Converse Lawrence
Thu, Jun 2, 2005 at 10:14 PM

Dear Janet and Janice,
We are thinking of you with love and sympathy. We always admired both your parents and thought they raised a lovely family.
Sincerely, Richard and Donna Lawrence

#2 from: Ryan Zempter
Fri, Jun 3, 2005 at 08:47 AM

Dear Janet and Janice,

I had the pleasure of working for your father for several years. Not only was Don a wonderful boss, but he was a great and caring friend. My prayers are with your family.


Ryan Zempter

#3 from: Bill, Monica,and Ben Decker
Fri, Jun 3, 2005 at 10:01 AM

To the family of Don Foos,
I was very saddened to hear of the death of Don.  I wish now that I would have made a greater effort to stay in better touch with him.  I always thought very highly of Don and Donna both.  I worked for them on the farm for many years when I was young.  He provided me with my first real paying job experience and had a long term effect on my life.  When I needed a recommendation for vet school he was very willing to do that for me.  He must have said something good because I got in to school on the first cut.  
Please know that we are thinking of you all in this time of grief and our prayers are with you.

             With sympathy,

             Bill, Monica and Ben Decker      

#4 from: carol Newman
Fri, Jun 3, 2005 at 7:07 PM

Janet and Janice Lee
I will be thinking of all you tomorrow
Your are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Aunt Carol

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