Hard-working family man honored posthumously at Ronan ag dinner
RONAN – This year, the Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce chose to recognize Everitt Foust for his lifelong dedication to the field of agriculture at the 41st Agriculture Appreciation Dinner on March 22. He was also recognized for his dedication to his family and the community he lived in.
He passed away in August 2018 at the age of 91. His family was at the dinner to accept the award.
His life was full of adventure, according to his family. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy serving in the South Pacific until the end of World War II. Foust was part of that “greatest generation” that made service to their country a lifelong endeavor. He had unstoppable optimism. To him, everything was possible - as long as he worked hard enough.
Foust came home from his military service in the 1940s and married his high school sweetheart, Melva Bauer. Together, they raised sugar beets, potatoes, cattle, grain and a work crew of nine kids. There was never a dull moment and everyone worked hard. Everything was a party, even work, as long as there was enough chocolate and root beer involved.
Foust’s enthusiasm for life never waned, and though he is no longer with us, his farm is still in the family and is located on a bend of the Flathead River in Moiese. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Mission Valley.