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Goglin Funeral Home, Scotland
Friday November 27th, 2015
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland
Saturday November 28th, 2015

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Wilbur Peder Foss

Rev. Jonathan Vehar
Maurice Bueber
Violinist Emily Penk Smith & Guitarist John Hauck
“Ashokan Farewell”
Happy Memories Band ~ “Jesus Loves Me”
instrumental with congregation join in singing verses 1 & 3
Violinist Michelle Stein & Pianist Diane Hofer
“What a Friend We Have in Jesus”
South Dakota Old Time Fiddlers
“Amazing Grace”
instrumental with congregation join in singing verses 1,3, & 5
Fiddler Michelle Stein & Guitarist Bob Stein
“Golden Slippers”
Congregational Hymn ~
"Lord of All Hopefulness #795" verses 1, 3, & 4
Aisha Abbink, Julie Auch, Maurice Bueber, Clifford Bridge,
Fr. James Doyle, Lu Ann Geiman, John Hauck, Roger Haugo,
Wini Iverson, George Mallory, Kay Nickles, Elaine Peacock,
Cindy Schmlingen, Loretta Schoenfish, Michelle Stein,
Erling Thomsen, and Eugene Weidenbach
Wilbur Peder Foss was born on June 15, 1921 to Jarle and Inga (nee Jorstad) Foss in rural Freeman.  He attended rural schools and graduated from Menno High School.  He attended Southern Normal College in Springfield.  His teaching and coaching career began at Rose Cottage, Pleasant View, and North Star Schools and continued in Wagner, Lennox, Davis, Beresford.
On June 15, 1946, Wilbur was united in marriage to Elizabeth Busch. Together they owned and operated the Coast to Coast hardware store for 17 years. Following another interest, he was a bank officer at the Valley State Bank in Yankton, SD for 23 years.  They returned to live in Scotland in 1997.  He moved to the Good Samaritan Center in February 2015.
During his working years and beyond, he was involved in volunteering, education, church participation, basketball refereeing, baseball, politics, horse trading, car deals, old time and country music and mentoring young fiddlers.
Wilbur had the desire to learn to play the fiddle at age 55 and continued until he died.  He and Elizabeth founded the South Dakota Fiddlers in the 1970’s and they entertained often in the 5 state area. They traveled to Arizona 14 winters and made countless friends there who shared a love for old time music.
Wilbur wrote for the Yankton County Observer on a regular basis, his last entry was published after his death.  With a great memory for detail, he wrote about the communities he loved and the interesting people he met along the way.
Wilbur died on Nov. 18, 2015 at the Landmann-Jungman Memorial Hospital in Scotland at the age of 94.  He was a remarkable man and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, friend and mentor to generations.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents Jarle and Inga Foss and his brother Palmer Foss.
Wilbur is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth; a daughter Nancy (William) Penk of Hopkins, MN; a grandson Ryan (Anette) Penk and their sons Bjorn and Noah of Lier, Norway; and a granddaughter Emily (Marshall) Penk-Smith and their daughter Elsa of St. Louis Park, MN.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Eirleen Foss.
A memorial will be established by the family.

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I met Wilbur Foss a few times during the year 2003-2004 I spent at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. As a Norwegian, fiddler and accordion player he was so determined that I come an join the fiddle contest that fall. He called several times but unfortunately I was not able to make it there since I did not have a car at that time. His positive appearance has always been with me and when I decided to do some online searches for his name I was sadden to see that he had passed away almost four years ago. Rest in Peace, Wilbur

Steinar Johansen Oct 1 2019 6:18 AM

I met Wilbur many years ago at the Yankton fiddle contest with my father Wilbur Hixson who was a fiddle player also. He was born in Osmond, NE and had lived in Bryant SD. before moving to Wisconsin where I was born. My dad did not enter the contest but had a great conversation with Wilbur about fiddle playing and I would see him at future contests including Avoca, Iowa when he would bring the South Dakota fiddlers there. He presented me with a fiddle at a drawing in Vermillion, SD when the contest was held there one year. He was such a dedicated man to old time fiddling and I am privileged to have known Wilbur Foss. We offer our condolences to the family of Wilbur Foss. Alan & Delores Hixson Couderay WI

Alan Hixson Nov 30 2015 10:13 AM

So sorry for your loss. I remember him teaching at Lennox, also you taught there too. Dave passed away 6 years ago Jan 22nd. I'll keep you in my prayers.

MarJean Dedrick Nov 28 2015 5:04 PM

May Gods grace be with you all. He was a,special man kind hearted, giving, and a smile that lit up a room. God blessed him with his music and love for others. God Bless, Jen

jen morkve Nov 27 2015 11:04 PM

My dear Elizabeth, Nancy, Bill, Ryan, Anette, Emily, Marshall, Bjorn, Noah and Elsa. My prayers are with you all as you celebrate the life of Wilbur. May God give you all the strength and faith you need to see each day with the music and love that Wilbur spread so easily. I have always felt blessed to have met Wilbur and his wonderful family. Your acceptance and love has been a joy to me. It has been my pleasure to satisfy Wilbur's hunger for Bean and Ham soup and scalloped potatoes and ham! I will always remember his smiles and Elizabeth's also! I firmly believe that you and your family's friendship were heaven sent. I thank God for all of your friendships in my life. May God continue to bless you all with such love and kindness toward others. My love to all, Martha

Martha A Grimshaw Nov 27 2015 9:38 PM

I was saddened to hear of Wilbur's death. I have such incredible memories of him and, you, Elizabeth as our neighbors when I was growing up. I am sure the "Baker kids" created quite a challenge to you many times. But, our memories of you will be cherished forever. Both of you contributed to our "growing up" in many ways. Wilbur was a remarkable man. He made a lifelong impression on me. His kindness and caring were monumental. It is sad to know that he will no longer walk among us, but uplifting to know that he is now a Heavenly angel, where he belongs. My heartfelt sympathy to both Elizabeth and Nancy and your loving family.

Laverne Diede Nov 27 2015 7:49 PM

Dear Elizibeth, Nancy and family, I was so sorry to hear of Wilbur's death. I have such fond memories of the Foss family. They were the best neighbors to be had. I am sure the "Baker kids" caused some trying times but we loved each one of you for the care you showed to us. Please know that you are definitely in the thoughts of each one of us. I am sorry that I can not attend the service but have some issues I must deal with tomorrow. You will be in my thoughts and forever in my heart. Laverne Diede

Laverne Diede Nov 27 2015 11:52 AM

Dear Elizabeth, Nancy & family, Death leaves a void nobody can heal but Love leaves a memory no one can steal. May your happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time and give you peace. I remember serving Wilbur many times as a waitress at the Kiltie Caf next door to the Coast to Coast Store through my high school years. Scotland has lost a generous statesman, friend, and wonderful person. Take care in knowing he touched so many lives including mine over the years. God's peace to you all.

Clarita (Hollman) Varilek Nov 26 2015 10:09 PM

Our thoughts and prayers to the Foss family during this difficult time. We enjoyed the times the SD Old Time Fiddlers came to the Crystal Theatre in Flandreau. May God Bless each and everyone of you now and in the days ahead. The Tuftys

Karen and Chuck Tufty Nov 25 2015 4:41 PM

Dear Aunt Elizabeth, Nancy, Bill, and family, Mike and I want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. As a child I have many memories of Wilbur from visiting your Coast to Coast Store, riding his horses, to traveling to Minneapolis with Nancy and Wilbur. We also cherish our visits with you and Wilbur at Nancy's home in Hopkins. His impact on his home community, and much further, his friends far and near is something the we know makes you very proud. May you all be comforted by the many memories and may God be near to all of you, With much love, Mike and Sheri

Sharon and Mike Fresvik Nov 25 2015 4:08 PM

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