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Descendent of River Falls founder dies suddenly

Bruce Foster, 70, a fourth-generation descendent of the founder of River Falls, Judge Joel Foster, died trying to assist a stranded motorist in a snowstorm just after midnight Thursday.

Details are still sketchy, but it appears that Foster suffered a heart attack shortly after helping an acquaintance get out of a ditch east of River Falls on County Road M.

Foster was driving back into River Falls when his car veered off the road. He apparently had a heart attack at that time.

Snow was falling heavily through the night. Foster couldn't be revived by EMTS and was taken to River Falls Area Hospital.

According to Foster's son-in-law, David Babcock, funeral arrangements are pending with Cashman-Hill mortuary of River Falls.

Because so many family relatives are scattered across the county, the actual memorial service -- tentatively set for Ezekiel Lutheran Church -- won't be held until at least Thursday of next week.

Bruce Foster is a former dog groomer and also an animal control warden for Pierce and St. Croix counties. He operated Foster Associates Inc., with many local rental properties. He was the landlord for Foster Trailer Court on Winter Street near the River Falls power plant.

More details about Foster's funeral arrangements will be posted as they become available.

Foster was also a committed environmentalist and outdoorsman. When he was younger he worked as a leader for the Boy Scouts.