Allen R. Foss, Sr.


Allen Ray Foss, Sr., 79, 0f Ettrick passed away, Sunday, April 25, 2021, at his home, surrounded by family and friends.

Allen was born July 6, 1941, in Ettrick, to Phillip and Esther (Raichle) Foss. On May 21, 1960, he married Alice Nichols in Trempealeau. They welcomed two children, Allen Foss, Jr. and Annette Marie Foss.

Allen was a jack-of-all-trades, and was employed as a carpenter, factory worker and supervisor, but was mainly a dairy farmer.

Allen loved to spend time with the grandchildren outdoors — hunting, fishing, trapping, running coonhounds and spending time with Alice at Potato Lake. After fishing hard for Muskies, Allen could be found playing just as hard.

Survivors are his children: Allen Foss, Jr. (Jolene) and Annette (Terry Dressel and his children, Peter and Jesse) Foss, both of Onalaska; his grandchildren: Sarah (Sam) Herlitzke, Brianne Herlitzke, Matthew (Maira) Doerr, Megan (Eric) Weidemann; great-grandchildren: Allysandra and Amelia Doerr, Malik Peralta Doerr, Ethan and Stella Weidemann; a brother, Lavern (Barbara) Foss; his sisters: Eileen (Alton) Ziegler, Karen Ekern; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Gudmundson, Sharon Nichols, Arleen Pellowski; and a special foster child, Cole (Abby) Fosbinder.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; parents; in-laws, Herbert, Sr. and Lottie Nichols; brothers: John “Jack” (Carmen “Jill”) Foss, Gene Foss; sister, Lynn Foss; brothers-in-law: LeRoy Gudmundson, LaVern Heickley; nephew, Gary Gudmundson; special friend, Linda Hoialmen and numerous friends from the Ettrick and Potato Lake areas.

Private funeral services will be held at Living Hope Lutheran Church, Ettrick with Pastor Kary Jonas officiating. Burial will be in Ettrick Public Cemetery.

Zwickey Funeral Homes, Galesville Chapel assisted the family.

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