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Published April 14, 2013, 12:00 AM

John (Jef) Foss

John Emerson Foss (known by most as Jef, his initials, or Appa), a family man, a thinker, a lover, and a laugher, 61, Fargo, ND, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, peacefully while resting in his home in Fargo, ND. Jef was born on December 26, 1951, in Fargo, ND, to Magnus Oliver Foss, Jr., and Marjorie (Bussey) Foss. He graduated from Moorhead High School in 1970, and then studied architecture at the University of Minnesota. Jef traveled around the United States (Minneapolis, MN, Austin, TX) after school before settling in New York City in 1979. In that same year, Jef became engaged to his wife Keiko Hamada (Foss) from Japan. The two were married in New York City in 1982. After having two children, they returned to Fargo in 1992.

A true treasure trove of wisdom, Jef was a never-ending student and practitioner of life, love, and our existence. He was so proud and loved his family very much, never missing sporting events, graduations, ceremonies, and essentially whatever it was that life brought into his circle. As his circle grew, he shared the same passion and love with everyone, positively influencing and touching the hearts of all that crossed his path.

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