Michael J. Foster
Michael J. Foster, 75, of Quincy died on Wednesday, April 5th in St. Louis.
Born in Quincy on February 26, 1948, he was the only child of Daniel M. Foster and E. Virginia Foster.
Mike was a lifelong Quincyan. He graduated from Quincy Senior High School in 1966 and received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He met the love of his life, Cynthia (Cindy) Gladziszewski, on a co-rec volleyball team at the beginning of his college sophomore year and married her in Chicago on April 26, 1975.
Mike began his distinguished 33-year career at Moorman Manufacturing Company shortly after his college graduation. He was elected to the board of directors in 1989, elected President of Quincy Soybean (a Moorman’s subsidiary) in 1990, and elected President of Moorman’s in 1994. As President of Moorman’s, Mike was instrumental in integrating Moorman’s with Archer-Daniels-Midland when ADM purchased the company in 1997. He retired in 2004.
Mike was a big Quincy booster and spent time serving on many non-profit boards including The Good Samaritan Home, Recovery Resources, The Great River Economic Development Foundation, and Blessing Hospital. He also played the trumpet in the Quincy Community Band for many years.
Despite a demanding job, Mike never allowed it to interfere with his number one priority, his family. He was present at just about every performance or game (and there were about a million of each of those) in which any of his three kids was participating, and you’ve never seen anyone’s face light up the way his did whenever he got to spend time with any of his seven grandchildren.
Mike was also particularly devoted to his mom, Virginia. Because of all the time he and his wife, Cindy, spent helping her out, she was able to stay in her own home all the way up until her death in 2018 at the age of 97.
When he wasn’t spending time with his family, Mike could often be found on the golf course at Spring Lake Country Club with his golfing buddies, piddling around at the cabin on his farm, traveling with Cindy, or watching the Cardinals.
He was truly a standout husband, father, grandfather, and human being, and he will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy Foster of Quincy; three children, Lisa (Tony) Kline of Apex, North Carolina, Laura (Keith) Carter of Wimberley, Texas, and David (Aimee) Foster of St. Louis, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Evan, Landon, and Parker Kline, Sadie Carter, and Daniel, Henry Michael, and Ella Foster.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation: 4:00 – 7:00 pm Friday, April 14, 2023, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Services: 9:00 am Saturday, April 15, 2023, at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Rev Steve Disseler officiating.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, IL
Memorial donations may be made to Horizons Food Pantry or QHS Music Department. Memorial Donations may be made online at https://memorials.hansenspear.com
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
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