Richard LaFoster, 77, pastor at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church from 1969-72, died Sept. 10 in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was born in 1941 in Buffalo Trading Post, rural Colton, S.D.

Richard received degrees from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Besides St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, Foster also served Lutheran parishes in Western North Dakota; Los Angeles; Berlin, Germany; New York City; and as Episcopal Lutheran Chaplain at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. 

He leaves a host of beloved parishioners a sister, Marcia (Arlen “Woody”) Gnadt, and a brother, Dr. Fayl (Marian) Foster.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Judson and Donald; and an infant sister.

Memorials can be directed to the South Dakota Synod of the ELCA’s Seminary Debt Reduction Fund.

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