Harrell Funeral Home of Austin
4435 Frontier Trail
AUSTIN TX 78745
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"There is no expiration date on the love between a father and his child."
Wilburn Thomas Foster, affectionately known as WT, was a beacon of light and a true testament to the power of kindness, humor, and selflessness in our... Read More
"There is no expiration date on the love between a father and his child."
Wilburn Thomas Foster, affectionately known as WT, was a beacon of light and a true testament to the power of kindness, humor, and selflessness in our world. He was born on November 13, 1933, in Austin, Texas, and graduated from Dripping Springs High School in 1953. He lived a vibrant and inspiring life until his peaceful passing at home on April 26, 2023, in Kyle, Texas.
He loved his family and lived for them. He was also a very private man with a quiet elegance who could own the room when he chose to. Wilburn's legacy is carried on by his loving daughters, Lisa Keltner, 53, and Kendra Foster, 50, who are forever grateful for the invaluable life lessons and laughter he shared with them throughout his incredible 89 years. His legacy is also carried on by his sister, Danna Olson, and his brother, Melvyn Foster, and his wife Mary Ann, his grandchildren, Colby, Olivia, and Lily and one great granddaughter. He also has two sons-in-law, 6 nieces, 4 nephews, 7 great nieces, 4 great nephews and multiple cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Bertha Foster, his sister, Sandra and his brothers Douglas, Jr., and Robert Lee (Bobby Lee), and his oldest grandson, Connor.
As a master plumber, Wilburn was an expert in his field and demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence and integrity in his work. His dedication to his craft was matched only by his devotion to serving his country as a veteran of the United States Navy. In both his professional and personal life, Wilburn's resilience and determination were a shining example for all those who knew him. And those who knew him adored him. Wilburn's love for the outdoors was evident in the way he tended to his yard and took on various projects with enthusiasm and skill, and the fact he preferred the warm breeze and nature to anything else. A natural-born problem solver, he could spend hours working on intricate mechanical tasks, taking things apart and putting them back together with meticulous precision. His passion for hands-on work was an inspiration to everyone around him, motivating them to tackle their own challenges with confidence and a can-do attitude.
Wilburn's kindness, work ethic, loyalty, humor, and selflessness were the defining characteristics of his life, and he left a lasting impact on the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known him. As the legendary Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." His warm and generous spirit will be remembered and cherished by all who had the pleasure of experiencing it.
In times of hardship, Wilburn's unwavering positivity and optimism served as a reminder of the power of a kind word and action. He believed in the potential for greatness within each person and inspired those around him to strive for their best, even in the face of adversity. He was a shining example of the impact that one person can have on the lives of others, simply by choosing to spread kindness, laughter, and love.
As we celebrate the life of Wilburn Thomas Foster, let us remember the wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who said, "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children... to leave the world a bit better... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." By this measure, his life was a resounding success, and his memory will continue to inspire and uplift those who follow in his footsteps.
As we say our final goodbyes to our beloved Wilburn, let us remember the joy, laughter, and love he brought into our lives. May we strive to carry on his legacy and embody his spirit in our own lives, spreading kindness, humor, and selflessness wherever we go.
Rest in peace, Wilburn Thomas Foster, knowing that your life has touched countless hearts and left an indelible mark on this world. Your memory will live on as a beacon of light, guiding us through the darkest of times and reminding us of the power within each of us to make a difference in the lives of others.
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