Jake Foreman

Born: Sat., Sep. 28, 1918
Died: Mon., Mar. 3, 2014


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Joseph Raymond Foreman

Born to Harry A & Josephine (Aude) Foreman, September 28, 1918 in Buena Vista, Joseph Raymond Foreman passed away on March 3, 2014.  Jake, as people knew him, always greeted everyone with a smile and no one was a stranger for long.

Jake lived his whole life on the same street he was born in Buena Vista.  He attended Buena Vista Schools and graduated from B.V.H.S. in 1937. He then went to work at Climax until entering the Army Air Corp during World War II.  While in the service, he also attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State).  

In November 1945, he married Roberta (Bobbie) Ranstrom at the Community Church on Tabor Street in Buena Vista.  Into this union were born John (Judy) Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Jim (Nicki) Alto, New Mexico; Cheri (Mack) Dey Buena Vista; Tom (Trudi) Buena Vista; Melissa (Mark) Jones Arvada; & Mike (Stacey) Abilene, Texas.  

Jake and his wife & 2 children lived in Anchorage, Alaska for several years while he worked on the territorial railroad.  He returned to Buena Vista and worked at the DOC for a year.  He purchased the K&M garage in January 1952; tore it down in 1959 to build a new building which became Foreman Sales & Service.  He operated it for 30 years at which time he sold it to his sons, John & Tom, who operated the business for another 20 years.

Always being community minded, Jake was on the first bank board in Buena Vista, served on the city council and was elected mayor 3 times.  He served on the school board and was a past president, as was his father.  He was the first acting president of the Mountain Medical Clinic and served over 10 years on the Sangre De Cristo board.  He was a 50-year Mason, a 60+-year American Legion member & VFW member in Buena Vista.  A member & in the past served on the board of the United Church of Christ for which he and his wife donated the land to the church where it now resides.  He was a Moose Lodge member, belonged to the Buck Horn Elks, a member of the Collegiate Peaks Golf Course and member of the Fountain of the Sun Country Club in Mesa, AZ where he and his wife owned a home for 35 years and spent 6 months of the year only to return to their home in Buena Vista the other 6 months.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Bobbie Foreman, 6 children, and numerous grandchildren & great grandchildren all 5th generation natives of Buena Vista.  Jake had a large extended family, also.  Jake was preceded in death by his parents, 2 bothers, 2 sisters, a son, a daughter, grandson, & twin granddaughters.

Private graveside service will take place at a later date and arrangements were with Runyan Mortuary.  Online condolences may be offered at RunyanMortuary.com.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado State Veterans Center, PO Box 97 Homelake, CO 81135

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Steve Gwynn
   Posted Sat March 08, 2014
Jake made my life better. He always had a good word and a smile, and seemed to think me better than I am. John, Jim, Tom, and Cherie are examples of a successful father. Jake will be remembered fondly.

Sheree' Belanger
   Posted Sun March 09, 2014
So sorry to hear of Jake's passing. He was a good man who made a hard decision that was good for my brother Jeff and me. For that I will always be grateful. I will always remember stopping at the station when we were in Buena Vista and visiting with him. I am so happy that I reconnected with him recently.

To the Foreman family, I am so sorry for your loss! I know you will miss his smile and laugh.
Love,
Sheree' Clark Belanger

Donna Osborne
   Posted Sun March 09, 2014
Our Condolences to the Foreman family, Jake was a true blessing to all that knew him, when my dad died he helped my mom find a good car and many acts of kindness through the years, he made Buena Vista a better place to be. Our prayers to the family. Rudy Alire and Donna Finch Osborne.

Stuart Grimstad
   Posted Tue February 10, 2015
Jake was one of the first people to greet me and make us feel at home when we moved to Buena Vista in 1976. He always had a smile on his face and a good story to tell. As you can tell, I don't look at the obituaries very often. Even though it has been almost a year since his passing, I know the family is still missing him. Conni and I send our love to the family.

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