Warren James Foster was born February 20, 1934, to Frank and Opal Foster in Plainview Nebraska. He was the youngest of two children, having one sister Kathleen. He was raised on the family farm until they moved to town when he was in the eighth grade. Warren graduated from Plainview High School in 1952.
Warren had a love for sports as he excelled in baseball, basketball, football, and golf throughout high school and beyond. His dream was to become a professional baseball pitcher. He pitched in high school and then for several leagues in Nebraska after high school. Warren eventually went on to pitch for two years for a farm team for the Phillies where he threw his arm out, ending his career.
Warren graduated from the University of Nebraska where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 1961. He went on to work for a few architectural firms before starting his own architectural firm, Construction Specification Specialists, Ltd., aka CS2, that spanned his 62-year career. Warren wrote construction specifications for many projects from coast to coast including a few in foreign countries. He was licensed in over thirty-eight states and provided plan reviews as well as approved and stamped construction plans. He was an expert witness and was well known and respected in his profession. Warren loved his work so much that he worked up until his passing. Warren was an active member for both the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute.
Warren began dating the love of his life, Leah, in high school and they dated off and on until he proposed to her in 1956. They were married on August 26, 1956. While married, they lived in student housing until he graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1961.
They moved to Colorado to start a career and a family together where they had two children, Todd and Corrie. Warren was a loving husband and a great father, always taking time to care for others. He was a great provider and caretaker for his family including being the sole caretaker of his wife during the last several years of her life. Warren was a man of great character, honor, and integrity. He was known for his sense of humor his zest for life as everyone was drawn to him for his kindness, advice, and expertise.
Warren leaves behind his son Todd, his daughter Corrie, his five grandchildren Brandon (wife Katie), Kayla, Alyssa, Brianna, and Madison as well as two great grandchildren, Lily and Kaylee. Warren and Leah were married for 63 years before she passed away in 2019. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and associates and all will cherish the memories of knowing him. Warren is now in a better resting place in Heaven with God, his loving wife, family, and friends.
A Celebration of Life service to honor and remember Warren will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 10:00 am with a church reception following the service. Lakewood United Church of Christ, 100 Carr Street, Lakewood, CO 80226.
Donations in memory of Warren James Foster may be made to the N Fund – College of Architecture #01016490 at the University of Nebraska Foundation, P.O. Box 82555, Lincoln, NE 68501-2555. Please make checks payable to the NU Foundation and include on the memo line or enclosed note that the donation is in memory of Warren James Foster and provide the fund name and number noted above.
Please visit https://secure.nufoundation.org/give?fundid=01016490 to make an online donation.
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