Posted Online: Nov. 30, 2012, 5:17 pm

Floyd 'Speed' Foreman

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Floyd L. "Speed" Foreman
After 97 years, including 75 years of marriage to his beloved wife June, Floyd L. "Speed" Foreman, of Riverside, Calif., passed away on Nov. 23, 2012.
Services will be held at Missio Dei Community Church, 19310 Jesse Lane, Riverside, CA 92508 at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service. Interment service will be conducted at the Riverside National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
He was born Oct. 8, 1915, in Kankakee, Ill., to Louis and Lydia Foreman. Floyd was one of four boys. At a young age, during the Depression, he left home to sing and strum his way across the country. Later he returned to Illinois where he performed at many Midwestern state fairs, high schools and other venues.
On Sept. 25, 1937, he married June E. Johnson. He continued to entertain on radio and early television for the next 25 years with western groups including "Pals of the Prairie," "Oklahoma Outlaws," and finishing his western style musical career at WHBF, Rock Island, with the "Buddies of the Airlanes — Pat, Speed, and Curly" in 1955. He continued to sing and strum for the next 55 years.
He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II and was honorably discharged.
The Foremans moved to Riverside in 1986. They were members of Grace Baptist Church, now Missio Dei Community Church. He loved his Lord.
Floyd is survived by his loving wife, June; sons, Donald and Randy; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, all of the Riverside area.