Retired Rector Police Chief Kenneth Foster Dead at 84

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Kenneth Foster

Retired Rector Police Chief Kenneth Foster, of Rector, died November 11, 2017, at his home, he was 84 years old.

A native of Clay County, he was born April 19, 1933, to the late Marvin and Ruth (Edwards) Foster. After his father's death, his mother married Troy Pruett, and he raised the family.

In 1951 Foster left the region, marrying Laura Russell and moving to St. Louis where he worked in the shipyards. In 1953 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving his country as a corporal in Germany before being discharged in 1955.

He later returned to the Rector area, and owned and operated a grocery store in the Leonard community from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. At that time he joined the Rector Police Department, and in 1965 was named chief.

In 1969 Foster was named to an advisory/consulting position with the Criminal Procedure Institute School of Law at the University of Arkansas. Serving for two years, he helped draft the first book outlining the professional standards for members of Arkansas law enforcement.

Foster also served as a volunteer firefighter during his 30 years of service, was a Clay County Deputy and a member of the Arkansas Chiefs of Police Association.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Irby Funeral Home of Rector with Brother Kenny Burns officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Heights Cemetery, Rector.

The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.

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