Bernard (Bernie) Paul Foster, 66, of Lenexa, Kansas went home to be with the Lord on May 19, 2023 after succumbing to heart failure. Bernie was predeceased in death by his mother, Bernadette Tedrick, father, Charlie Foster, his sister Pam Yates and his brother, Teddy Foster. He is survived by his siblings Joan (Guy) Knowles, Gene Foster and Susan Foster (Joe Brogan), and by nephews Scott Foster, Clay Canfield and Patrick Dalton, and by his niece, Bernadette Foster.
Bernie was born in Roland Park, KS where he lived until 1970. He then moved to Prairie Village, KS where he attended Meadowbrook Jr. High and Shawnee Mission East High School. After graduation, Bernie moved to California where he worked as a flight attendant. Missing his family and friends, he returned to Prairie Village to start a wholesale silk floral business. Bernie was a natural salesperson and enjoyed success with Marshall Electronics, but left the Kansas City area in 1994 to take care of his ailing mother in Bradenton, FL.
After his mother’s passing, Bernie returned to Leawood, KS to be closer to his life-long friends and finished his career at Kraft Tank Company. Earlier this year, Bernie returned to Florida to care for his sister, Pam who was fighting late stage cancer. He stayed with Pam in Sarasota until her passing and remained there to help the family with her estate.
While Bernie dreamed big and lived large, his priorities were simple and steadfast; faith, family and friends. He loved to celebrate the accomplishments of others and was always there with a warm embrace, sympathetic ear and consoling words when those he loved needed him the most. Bernie’s faith and devotion to the Lord ran deep and he helped many through sharing the benefits of living through our Lord Jesus Christ.
If Bernie was given the chance to say one more thing, he would look straight into our eyes and with a warm smile ask: "Have I told you that I love you today?" Bernie left no doubt that he loved us and loved Jesus. We will always love Bernie and we are comforted to know he is in the arms of the Lord.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you consider a donation to Mount Paran Church. www.mountparan.com
A celebration of Bernie’s life will be scheduled in the future.