Foster E. Awman

April 18, 2020

Foster E. Awman, 96, of Frankfort, IN, died April 18, 2020 at Wesley Manor.  He was born September 26, 1923 in Preston County, West Virginia to Bruce F. & Lillie G. (Jenkins) Awman.  His marriage was to Frances Pauline Cramer on December 25, 1943 in Oakland, MD and she survives.

Foster attended Cuzzart West Virginia Schools.  He had lived in Albright, WV for 42 years and moved to Frankfort on October 25, 1965.  Prior to moving to Indiana, Foster was a farmer and a heavy equipment operator for a coal mining company, he then worked for Dick Rogers and Sun Communication in construction for 35 years, retiring on June 1, 2000.  He was of the Christian faith, a member of the First Wesleyan Church in Frankfort and for many years was on the Church Board and a Church Trustee.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  An avid gardener, who loved to share his vegetables, he was an honest man, was known as a gentle soul, fun loving, hardworking, and had a good sense of humor.  He never met a stranger.

Visitation and Services

Family services will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort, IN, with burial to follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Frankfort, IN. Services will be conducted by Victor Wilson, son-in-law of Foster. Memorials in memory of Foster may be given to the Indiana Parkinson Foundation, 14350 Mundy Dr. Suite 800 #181, Noblesville, IN 46060.

Survived by:

Wife: Frances P. Awman of Frankfort, IN, 5 Daughters: Bonnie R. Marshall of Lexington, KY, Dottie S. (Drew) Ivers of Danville, IN, Sharon L. (Victor) Wilson of Coopersville, MI, Donna A. (Don) Gilberg of Purcellville, VA, Sonya D. (Bill) Miller of Frankfort, IN, 9 Grandchildren, Jason & Jennifer, Andrew, Audelee & Ash, Roman & Ryndee and Jenna & Doria and 19 Great Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, and 3 sisters, Elva Deal, Genieve Shaffer and Rosalee Welch.


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51 Condolences for “Foster E. Awman”

  1. Kevin and Carol Hamilton April 18, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    So sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in our thoughts.

  2. Suellen & Chris Myers April 18, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Dear Frances & family,
    We are so sorry for this time of grief & loss. Foster was a great kind & generous friend who loved the Lord. We always enjoyed talking to him. Chris & Foster worked together on various projects for the Wesleyan Church. Foster set an example of perfection with patience in his work. You will be in our prayers for comfort in this troubling time of our country.
    With love,
    Suellen & Chris Myers

  3. Marty Rodkey April 19, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Sonya, I’m sad this morning for your sorrow over your father’s death. Keeping you and your family close in prayer. In His love, Marty

  4. Nancy Kehrer April 19, 2020 at 8:34 am

    To Sonya and families, so sorry to her of your sweet Fathers death. He will be remembered as a gentle soul and wonderful Dad I’m sure.

  5. Kevin Scheid April 19, 2020 at 9:50 am

    Dear Awman Family, It has been so long since I have seen many of you and yet I will never forget Sunday 10 course meals at your house. Foster was a great man who I was fortunate to spend a few years with. He was an inspiration in that he enjoyed and knew the simple things in life were some of the most important. I know we will all miss him but I also know he is in a beautiful place waiting for the rest of us. Hugs

    Kevin Scheid

  6. Connie Stewart Brant April 19, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Donna, Sonya, Frances & Family: I am so sorry to hear about Foster, your wonderful father and loving husband. The Lord Jesus has opened the Golden Gates for such a great man that you will all see and meet up with again some day. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and your family with peace within your hearts.

  7. Jane Werner April 19, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Dear Frances and family, We was so sorry to hear of Foster’s passing. We know that he is in the presence of our Lord. No more pain and suffering. He was a good Christian man, loving husband and father, a gentle soul. We always enjoyed talking to him. You and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers at this difficult time. Sending our love and condolences, Scott and Jane Werner

  8. Kacie from Trinity Church April 19, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Dottie. Praying for you and your family.

  9. Joni Marcum Hendrix April 19, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    My prayers to the family. He was such a loving, kind man.

  10. Susan and Skip Tetz April 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Sonya,
    We are so sad to hear about the loss of your father. Both you & Bill and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Susan and Skip

  11. Jason Marshall April 19, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Grandpa – thank you. You were one of the hero’s in my life. From finding nuts in our shoes, to crazy good and big vegetables, to your phenomenal patience and good heartedness (akin to the biblical description of “loving kindness”) you were/are a great man and example. Looking forward to our reunion in the New heaven/earth.
    Grandma – thank you! Your tireless example of love and service these last years is an inspiration to follow the example “as I have loved you, so you shall love another”. I pray the Father’s comfort for you now and in the days to come. It’s just a ‘short’ separation. We have a certain hope to be reunited soon. Thank you for your example and I look forward to seeing you soon. Luv Jasey-babe.

  12. Kip Scheidler April 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Dear Mrs. Awman and the Awman Family;
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as the prayers of my siblings. Mr. Awman was such a wonderful man. I wish I could be there with you to celebrate his life.


  13. Adrea (aj) Roberts April 19, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    I am so very saddened by Foster’s passing. He was such a kind and funny man. He will be grately missed. You are all in my prayers.

  14. Phyllis Hoyer April 19, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    To Sonya & Bill, we are very sorry for loss. Prayers to you & your family.
    Tom & Phyllis Hoyer

  15. Max and Debbie Avery April 19, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    With deepest sympathy.

    Max and Debbie Avery (Patsy Strawn is my Mother)

  16. Andrea Posey Hall April 19, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Miss Frances and the whole Awman family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Foster. He was a great man and had such a wonderful personality and loved you all so dearly. You were his pride and joy. He always had some of the funniest jokes and stories. I have so many precious memories of him that I will always hold near and dear to my heart. I am so thankful for all of the time I got to spend with him as well as your mom. As well as time with your family. My family will be praying for you all and thinking of you especially in the next few days. Hugs and Prayers, Andrea

  17. Carol Scott April 19, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Dear Sonya, Frances and family. So sorry for your loss during these troubling times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you . Love, Carol & Greg Scott

  18. Kenny & Sandy Dragoo April 19, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Our hearts are heavy for your loss, and we extend our deepest sympathy. Foster was always a source of encouragement and a smile. Even in his home-going, he makes my heart smile, because I know he has made Heaven his home. He never failed to demonstrate God’s love and spirit of peace. I count it a privilege to have known him and to call him a friend. May the Holy Spirit bring you comfort in the assurance that Joy Comes in the Morning!

  19. Steve Davis April 19, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss one tremendous person who touched so many lives, mine included. It was a pleasure to know him for the 40 years he was in my life and he will live on in our memories. love you buddy

  20. Janice Jacoby April 19, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Foster’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bill.
    Janice Jacoby

  21. Scotty Werner April 20, 2020 at 1:21 am

    Frances and Family:

    So very sorry to hear of Foster’s passing. Always enjoyed talking with him and hearing some stories. My best memories of him was walking up behind me at the church and grabbing my shoulder to hear him say How you doing? I been praying for you this week. Will miss him. But knowing he is in the arms of our father. We will meet him again one day.

  22. Melody & Roger Bieri April 20, 2020 at 3:05 am

    Drew & Dottie & the entire Awman family, It is never easy to lose a parent no matter what their age. But no one can take away all those years of fond memories. I never got the chance to meet Foster. But, I know Drew had nothing but good words to say about Foster. Actually he was amazed at what a hard worker he was, even up to retirement. And as I recall Drew’s words, he was a sterling example of humility..
    Our regards and sympathy,
    Melody and Roger

  23. Chris Cook Flynn April 20, 2020 at 3:39 am

    Dear Sister Awman, Sonja, Sharon, sisters and your families. Precious memories began to come back to me of growing up in First Pilgrim Holiness/Wesleyan Church. Your Dad had a smile filled with warmth for all. He was one of the kindest men I had the privilege of knowing. He was a great support to the church and to each ministry. A blessing to all that knew him as a man of God. My love and prayers will be covering You, Sister Awman, girls and all your families in the days to come.
    Chris Cook Flynn

  24. Kim Redington and family April 20, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Dear Sonya,
    We are very sorry to hear about your father. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to you and your family.

  25. Connie & Paul Maniscalco April 20, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Dear Donna,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Paul and I are thinking of you and your family during this time.

  26. Karen Cripes April 20, 2020 at 9:03 am

    So sorry Sonya and family. I know how much he loved you and his family, was such a kind man and good father and husband. Let the Lord hold and comfort you in your loss!

  27. Greg & Julie Smith April 20, 2020 at 11:01 am

    So very sorry to hear of your father. Your family will be in our prayers.

  28. Sandie Redington April 20, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Sonya, Sorry to hear about your Dad. We will be keeping you and your family in prayers.

  29. Linda Barrick April 20, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Dear Dottie and family, I know your Mom and Dad did a great job of raising five girls to have faith, a very high standard of personal values, and how to love and be loved I’m grateful to your Dad and Mom for raising Dottie to be my best friend and an inspiration to me in many ways. Glad you got to be with your Dad more during his last years Love, Linda Barrick

  30. Dan McMains April 20, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Foster. In had the pleasure to have worked with Foster out of the Avon office of Duke Energy for many years. He was the best at what he did and always had a good time doing it.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  31. Mary Ann Stockberger April 20, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Sonya and Bill,
    My sympathy and prayers. You mourn with us, now we mourn with you.

  32. Connie & Paul April 21, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Dear Donna, Paul and I are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you and your family during this time.

  33. Sally Roush April 21, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Love & Prayers, in Jesus name, Dick Ham & Sally Roush

  34. Karen Biery April 21, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Sonya and Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know your dad very well. Mostly I visited with your mom, but he was always close by and smiling. It’s hard to lose someone right now, especially your dad, but you have lots of love around you. Please give my sympathy to your mom from me.

  35. Deborah Musick April 21, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    I met Foster when he came to Wesley Manor. He was a gentle, kind soul. He always came to chapel and devotions with a smile, and I knew I had a friend. Foster was one of those rare individuals who exhibited the love of God with his smile. As heaven opened and welcomed him, I’m sure he heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” May we all someday hear those words.
    Chaplain Deborah

  36. Jennifer, Van, Clay, Marshall & Ashton Barker April 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    I am sorry that we can not be all together as one big family to celebrate grandpa. He was such a wonderful kind, loving grandfather. I enjoyed growing up with him as my grandpa. As I became an adult, I enjoyed staying with you while I was on work trips. I will always cherish our breakfasts together, walking through the garden, talking about the birds and flowers. Marshall and Ashton sure did love their grandpa in the “rocking chair.” I look forward to our family reunion in heaven…..

  37. Jerry & Anita Bradley April 21, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Sonja & Bill,
    So sorry for your loss. Giving you a virtual hug.
    Jerry & Anita Bradley

  38. Gloria Perrel April 21, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Fran and family, I was so sorry to hear about Foster. I will miss you and him coming over and us sitting on the swing and him in his chair. He was such a kind man. You are all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  39. Paul D Wilson April 21, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    My Wife, Laconda, and I are praying for wife and family during this time of deep loss! May God be with you all, and sustain you by His Grace!

  40. Mary Moore April 21, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    Sonya, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know you and the rest of the family will miss him very much. You have been such a good daughter to both your parents. We know he is in heaven now. My parents are both there so maybe they are visiting together. They were friends at the Wesleyan Church years ago. You will be in my prayers.

  41. Janis April 22, 2020 at 1:25 am

    To The Awman Family,
    I have fond memories from my childhood spending lots of time at your house. I was there so often I was nicknamed Buggy. I still cherish those memories and thankful for them.
    Rest In Peace Foster, until we see you again.
    Prayers, Hugs and Love to you all.
    Buggy ~ Janis & Dick Wills

  42. Langdon Root April 22, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    That was a beautiful service. I’m so thankful it was webcast live so Kylynn, Wyatt, Dax, Chaustin, and I could participate. I only knew Foster for the last 20 years of his life, many of which were marked by a disease that steadily robbed him of a functional body. Still, I never saw him down, sad, angry, or anything other than kind and of good spirits. He was a beautiful man and I am thankful for his influence on my wife, our children, and me personally. We love you, grandpa…

  43. Ernest Batman April 22, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    My prayers have been with you is as you were prepared for this day, the special day when you’ll be able to remember your loved one, Brother Foster. It’s been a joy, my joy, my privilege to have ministered to him and to be with him at various times. We’ve prayed together. We’ve talked together. Sometimes our times together would be long and we’d even go to sleep together, in our various chairs. I appreciate this man for what he means to us, to you and to God. My last two visits with him were very special. We were able to talk about West Virginia, the coal mining and his sharing with me was a blessing to me. I wish I could be there with you today.

  44. Phyllis Stanton April 23, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Dear Aunt Pauline and “Girls,” I will remember my Uncle Foster was always smiling and so very kind! He was a man of great faith and has now seen our Lord face to face! I hope he knew how much his baby sister, Rosealee, loved and adored him! Every blessing to the entire Awman family! Your niece, Phyllis

  45. Jim and Donna Lipp April 25, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  46. John and Carol McNelly April 25, 2020 at 6:41 pm

    Sending our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

  47. Emmett Ade May 5, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    Hello all,

    Foster was a special person. I remember him as a kind and gentle man. He was a good neighbor, always ready to help out when there was a need. I remember one time he brought a piece of equipment home from work and helped me bury a wire from the house to the post lights along the driveway. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Emmett & Libby

  48. Suzanne Lewis May 6, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Dottie, although I never knew your father, I know he had to be a wonderful person to have had you as a daughter. I remember Bonnie also. Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your father. You were blessed to have such a long life with him.
    Suzanne Lewis

  49. Karen Robinson Teets May 8, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Dottie, So very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I did not know your parents, but I do remember you and Bonnie. I know your precious memories of your Dad will comfort you.

  50. Patty McVay May 8, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Dottie, So sorry to hear about your father’s passing.I remember when I spent the night with you when we were in school that he was very welcoming to me and always had a smile.

  51. Greg Fuchs July 24, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Dear Donna, It has been 45 years since I met your dad and 40 years probably since I last seen him. The passing years do get away from us but the passage of time can not diminish the strength of those memories. As I write this, I can still feel the firmness of his handshake at that first meeting on Burlington Avenue. Your dad will forever be a man that I feel fortunate to have met. Take care of your mom, yourself and your kids at this time of loss. Hugs to all, Greg

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