Longtime Albert Lea resident reaches 101 years old

ALBERT LEA, M.N. - Albeart Lean, resident of Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea, said he never smoked a cigarette and never drank excessively. He also ate what he said was “pretty healthy” most of his life and for the most part has had no major health problems. But his loving family, he said, has been the basis behind much of his longevity.

“He told me the secret to living a long life — marry someone you love, find joy in everything you do and be happy,” said Tracey Ball, activities director at Good Samaritan about a previous conversation she had with Foster.

Born Sept. 13, 1922, in Washington, Iowa, Foster was active in the Air Force from 1943 to 1945, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He then joined the Air Force Reserve until 1982. He was a pilot and flight instructor, becoming a liaison for the Air Force Academy and retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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