Arden Dale Foss

RAY Arden Dale Foss, 70, a longtime Ray resident, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Tioga Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Ray Lutheran Church in Ray, with the Rev. Steve Anderson and the Rev. Bob Leko officiating. Interment will follow the service at Sunset Rest Cemetery, west of Ray.

Arden was born July 14, 1943, in Williston, to Bennie and Evelyn (Olson) Foss. Arden was raised on the family farm southeast of Ray, where he developed a love for farming, riding horses and country living. He was baptized and confirmed at the Ray Lutheran Church. He attended school in Ray and graduated from Ray High School in 1961. Arden married Marlene Barman on May 27, 1966. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Brian, Rachel and Benjie. Arden and his family resided in Ray where he held various oilfield and construction jobs. In 1976 Arden started Foss Backhoe Service, where he earned the nickname “Digger.” Through the years Arden also continued to help his dad on the farm during spring work and harvest. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play, gardening, playing pool, woodworking and driving around with his dog Maggie.

Surviving him are his wife of 47 years, Marlene Foss; son, Brian, of rural Ray; daughter, Rachel (Alan) Bergstrom, of Ray; son Benjie (Cari) of Ray; mother Evelyn Foss, of Tioga; sister Donna (Don) Pederson, of rural Ray; brother, David (Diana) Foss, of Dickinson; six grandchildren, Kinley, Kiara, Kasen, Kai, Archer and Luci; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his father, Bennie Foss; infant brother, Ronald; in-law parents, Vern and Lucy Barman; brothers-in-law Richard Barman, Donnie Barman, and Leroy Barman; and sister-in-law, Peggy Barman.

Friends may call at Fulkerson Funeral Home in Tioga on Wednesday, from noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before services at the church on Thursday. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online as well at (