John Foss, 1931-2018

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 2, 2019

=Funeral services for John M. Foss, 87, of Albert Lea will be at noon Saturday at First Lutheran Church. The Rev. Sean Forde will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

John Foss

John died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at The Woodlands/St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea.

John Milford Foss was born Dec. 14, 1931, in London Township, the son of Harlan and Ione (Tue) Foss. He grew up on the family farm near Deer Creek and graduated from Albert Lea High School. John served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. He was stationed in Japan as a radio technician.

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On May 20, 1956, John was united in marriage to Thelma Louise Jacobson at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. He worked as a power lineman with Interstate Power, working up to lead foreman until his retirement.

John was a member of First Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Elks Club and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards, tree trimming, and watching and attending sporting events — especially the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins. He loved being a family man. He volunteered with the MDHA and Meals on Wheels.

John is survived by his wife, Thelma Foss; son, Bruce (Marilyn) Foss, and their children Melissa (Tim) Dirkes and John Foss; son, Steven (Diane) Foss, and their children Corey (Tasha) Foss and their children Hadley and Hunter and Anthony Foss; son, Greg Foss, and his children Alicia (Tom) Hay and Alex (Jorie) Foss; daughter, Jody (Scott) Ellertson, and their children Jocelynn (Matt) Buckentin and their children Jackson and Evelyn, Cory (Alison) Ellertson and their son, Henrik, and Kate Ellertson; son, Thomas (Jodi) Foss, and their children Tommy Collins (special friend, Samantha Strodtman Kirkof), Bobbi (Nathan) Haller and Megan Foss (special friend, Jaeger Zwygart); brother, Paul (Genie) Foss; sister-in-law, Crystal Foss Eack; brothers-in-law Robert (MaryLou) Jacobson and Don Jacobson; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joanne (Foss) Thompson; brothers Larry Foss, Bernard Foss, Allen Foss and Michael Foss; sister-in-law, Mary (Allison) Foss; brother-in-law, Roger Thompson; and mother and father-in-law Evelyn and Henry Jacobson.