ROGER ELLIS FOUST, JR.
September 13th, 1948 – January 13th, 2023
“For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
It is with deep sadness but with great hope in the Lord that we share that Roger Ellis Foust, Jr. passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, January 13th, 2023, at the age of 74 years, after suffering a severe stroke.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Foust; parents, Roger and Pearl Foust; and granddaughter, Kasey Grace Schroder. Roger is survived by his sisters: Patti Baker (Steve), Linda Batdorff (Steve), Bonnie Reynolds (Tom), and Cindy Murphy (Rob); children: Lori Schroder (Kurt), Curtis Foust (Renee), Lisa Tomada (John), and Heather Oliveros (Jon); grandchildren: Jessica Franklin (Eric), Monica Schroder, Caleb Schroder, Titus Schroder, Megan Foust, Alyssa Foust, Kendra Foust, Lucas Foust, Micah Tomada, Alexander Tomada, Andrew Tomada, Malia Tomada, Nolan Oliveros, and Marcus Oliveros; and great-grandchild, Gideon Franklin.
Roger married his college sweetheart, Ruth Wright, in 1969. They moved to Moose Jaw, SK along with their four children in 1982 and started Moose Jaw Baptist Church under the leadership of Continental Baptist Missions. Roger was the pastor there for 37 years, until his retirement from the ministry in 2019. He drove a school bus for many years, coached several school and community youth sports teams, and even delivered the Moose Jaw Times-Herald each day for exercise.
When Roger was not doing church activities or his community jobs, you might find him watching a Warrior game, having coffee and a donut at Tim’s with a friend, eating a burger at McDonald’s, or bird watching with his grandkids in Wakamow, always wearing his signature black and red. He loved the prairie, a love which was reflected in his beautiful nature photos. Whenever he was complimented on his photography, he always gave credit to God as the true “artist”, as stated in Psalm 19:1- “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork”.
Above all, Roger was known for his commitment to his faith in Jesus Christ his Saviour and for his heart for the spiritual welfare of others. He will be greatly missed.
The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. Pastor Tim Friesen will officiate and interment will take place in Rosedale Cemetery. Those not able to attend may view the service virtually by going to www.moosejawfuneralhome.com/webcast/. A Time of Visitation for Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, January 19th, 2023 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550
My condolences to the family of Mr Roger Foust. I found both Ruth and Roger to be great people, the short time I went to their fellowship. They were true and sincere, not those that put on a front.
I was sorry when I saw Ruth’s death. And now Roger. May GOD be with you, as a family, when times are hard. God BLESS you. And be your comfort.
I remember Roger a a quite guy in high school. I walked and sat next to him at our graduation in 1966. I will never forget our speaker, his comment to us was to look at all our classmates. He said some of them will not be at our five year reunion. As the Vietnam war was going on we did loose three of our classmates there. I remember Roger saying to me, we need to pray for all of our classmates. He was concerned for others even in his teens. I was not surprised that God called him into his service. As most of us know Roger was a faithful servant of our Lord and savior.
Thank you Roger for your faithfulness.
Praying for your family as the process life with out you. Classmate Nancy Kaechele Slager.
A true Gentle man, his Memory will be Eternal.
Sorry for your loss , I remember Rodger from when my kids were young. He use to deliver the paper to our house . He would bring his bus. He would let my boys go on the bus . He was such a pleasant man.
To the Foust family, we are so sorry to hear about Roger’s passing. We wish you loving memories to forever hold in your hearts and comfort for the days ahead.
I have many memories of Roger and his family and growing up at Good News Baptist Church. I was so disappointed that I was unable to attend Pearls funeral and see Roger and Lori. Just knowing he is gone, I feel the loss. Our prayers are with you all, siblings, children, and grandchildren. I pray that your fellowship will be sw3t at this time of sadness and rejoicing.
Roger is a testimony of a godly parentage! He has been so faithful and loved for his faith in Christ. All have been blessed to know him and Ruth. My husband & I especially respect his life walk.
I greatly admired and respected Roger. He was a quiet spoken man who was always willing to help others. May God be with the Foust family during this difficult time.
In August 1983, amid a failing marriage, at risk of losing my career and having a damaged relationship with my parents, Roger led me to the Lord in his kitchen at a Wednesday evening Bible study. My conversion was filled with an understanding of the Scriptures and a great joy that I could not contain, sharing my faith in Jesus with neighbours and work colleagues.
For the next five years, Roger taught, mentored, and coached me in the faith. We visited strangers to share the gospel; we entered the homes of the non-believers, some of whom were addicted, to bring the message of Jesus. Roger encouraged me to teach Sunday school, to teach adults and to preach. He brought me to camps where I met other preachers and learned to lead as a Christian. He gave me wise counsel, which served to rebuild my marriage. After five years, the Lord sent my family and me to Germany, where Roger’s mentorship was employed to plant a church among the Canadian military stationed in Lahr and Baden. Since then, I have served as a bi-vocational minister of the gospel, giving leadership in 10 churches across Canada, the US, and Afghanistan.
Roger’s steadfast faith and peaceful demeanour have remained with me, although I wish I had had more time with him. Roger’s servant’s heart and love for Christ continue to influence me. Though my marriage was failing, I have now been married for 44 years with three children and four grandchildren. Though my career was failing, I retired as a colonel from the Air Force and now lead the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada as president. Though my relationship with my parents had been damaged, the Lord used me to be with them by their sides and pray for them as they entered His Kingdom at the end of their lives.
Roger was a humble missionary of the gospel who, along with his wife Ruth, responded to God’s call to go to a small town on the Canadian prairies. God used Roger to share Christ’s love, His truth and His salvation with many people who transited that small town. I am one, and I thank God for my friend Roger.
So very sorry for your loss. Whether it was at McDonald’s many years ago or more recently at Warrior games every time you saw him he had a that great smile. He was a wonderful man and I know you will all miss him terribly.
We were saddened to hear of your dad’s stroke and then of his home going. We got to know him and his wife years ago as Dan & Patti went to M.J. Baptist for years. We appreciated his walk with, and talk of his Lord and Saviour.
We are praying for the family, and for Pastor Friesen as he preaches the funeral service.
In Christian love,
Neil & Mary Lewis
We were very sorry to hear about Roger’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a very faithful servant of the Lord. Lori, Curt, Lisa and Heather, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Continuing prayers with years of memories as Pastor Roger shared with our residents at Providence Place. His suit and many, many ties said much about his respect for Church. Thank you for sharing your dad with us.
May Gods peace continue to fill your faithful hearts.
Our Sympathy to Lori,Curtis, Lisa and Heather at this sad time. Your parents were wonderful neighbours to have and several of you delivered the newspaper along our street for several years. I remember watching the addition being built onto that house and the excitement your folks had to get extra space. And seeing you scoot past us headed for school and back..You are remembered fondly…it hurts to lose a parent and now Both parents , but may your good memories give you some comfort now. Bless you all.