Issue 30 — Thursday, February 26, 2015

PORT JERVIS — Rev. Robert E. Foster went to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 16. He died in Keller, TX. Rev. Foster was born on Nov. 10, 1920 in Cherry Creek, NY, the son of the late George Harmon Foster and Elizabeth Jessica Cookingham Foster. He was born in the same room and house as his mother was born in.
After graduating from Cherry Creek High School, he enrolled and graduated from Houghton College in Houghton, NY earning his Bachelors in Theology. This was the same school his daughter Nancy, granddaughter Melissa, and son-in-law Jim graduated from in later years. He also played basketball while attending Houghton. He continued his education at The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia PA., (now Palmer Seminary), earning his Masters of Theology.
Upon graduation, he received a call to pastor the First Baptist Church in Port Jervis, NY in 1945, which he served for the next 40 plus years. He retired Dec. 31, 1985.
After his retirement he was an interim pastor of the Hope Evangelical Church in Matamoras. In addition to serving the pastorate, he served as President of the Orange County Bible Society, President of the Conservative Baptist Association of New York State and a board member of the Highland Lake Bible Conference.
Later he served as the first pastor at large of the State organization, served as Pastor of Visitation for Calvary Baptist Church, Warwick, NY and was appointed as the first Pastor Emeritus of the First Baptist Church, Port Jervis. He was a faculty member of the Orange County Bible Institute. He was also a member of the Tri-State Bible Conference in Montague, NJ.
During his first year at Seminary, he married his college sweetheart, Elsie Burger on April 23, 1943. She died in the first trimester of pregnancy in 1946.
Rev. Foster married Phyllis Wright Foster of Brushton, New York , July 30,1948. To this couple were born David Robert Foster, deceased July 1969 and Nancy Ellen Foster on May 26, 1952. His wife, Phyllis went to be with the Lord January 2011.
Rev. Foster’s favorite verse is Romans 8:32 - He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
He is survived by his daughter Nancy Hoyer and her husband James of Keller, Texas, his four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A memorial visitation will be held at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, to be announced at a later date. Memorial Funeral services will be held at the Milford Bible Church, Milford, PA and will be announced at a later time. Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the missionary fund at the Milford Bible Church,110 Foxcroft Road, Milford, PA 18337.
Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit

SHOHOLA — Rowland J. Ivey, 79 of Shohola, PA, passed away Feb. 15 in Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ. He was a retired Police Officer for the Dover Police Department, Dover Township, NJ. Rowland was a member of the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police and a U.S. Air force veteran.
The son of the late Harry and Loretta (Weible) Ivey he was born on June 16, 1935 in Astoria, NY. He married Bonnie (VanGorder) Ivey on June 28, 1978 in Toms River, NJ.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years; grandson Michael Bowerman of NC and his niece Carol Hammon of Fairview Heights, IL. He was predeceased by his son Robert Ivey and his daughter Linda Ivey.
Burial will take place at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River, NJ private at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St. Milford, PA.

MILFORD — Colleen B. McCarthy, 41 of Milford, PA passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at home. The daughter of the late Frances and Catherine (Shaw) MacIsaac, she was born on March 17, 1973 in Queens, NY. She was married to Brian McCarthy.
Survivors include her husband; daughter Alexandria and son Connor; three sisters, Catherine Mills, Patricia Hanrahan, Anne MacCuish; two brothers James and Kevin MacIsaac; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Catherine McCarthy; 15 nieces and nephews and three great nieces and nephews. Colleen was predeceased by her brother John.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Vincent DePaul Church, 101 St. Vincent Drive, Milford, PA on Friday, Feb. 20 with Rev. Paul Mullen officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to: Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center, 1331 East Wyoming Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124.

SHOHOLA — William F. McCord, 82 of Shohola, PA passed away Feb. 12 at home. He was an Engineer for American Homes Product, Cranford, NJ and Kolmar Labs, Port Jervis, NY. William was a Corporal in the U.S. Army serving from January 1953 to December 1954.
The son of the late William and Ruby (Markum) McCord he was born Nov. 19, 1932 in Ewing, KY. He was married first to Marion (Hickey) McCord and later married Gloria (Nauman) Gehl on Feb. 14, 1995 in Matamoras, PA.
Survivors include his wife; five sons Barry McCord, Randall McCord, Jason McCord, David Gehl, Mark Gehl; daughter Mandy Press; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Services and cremation will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to a Humane Society of donor’s choice.
Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA.

MILFORD — Evelyn Ruff, of Milford, PA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Karen Ann Quinlan Home For Hospice, Newton, NJ. The daughter of the late Theodore and Josephine Tilliack, she was born on July 5, 1920 in River Edge, NJ.
Survivors include her son, Robert G. Ruff, Jr. of Jordan, NY; her sister Mildred Grace of Milford, PA. Three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Evelyn was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Robert G. Ruff, Sr. on March 16, 1994 and four sisters.
Funeral services were held at Stroyan Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 24 with Rev. Ben Willis officiating.
Burial will take place at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Milford, 300 Broad Street, Milford, PA 18337.


2015 The Pike County Dispatch, all rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part of the format or any content without express permission is prohibited.