Jennings Clifton “Kip” Foskey of Laurel passed away in his home on Aug. 31. A life-long professional in the agriculture community, Kip was looking forward to retirement in January after a long career with the Sussex Conservation District. While working at the University of Delaware Georgetown Ag Research Station in the 1980s, he earned the distinction of being the first person to receive a BS in Agribusiness from the UD Parallel Program. Whether working with farmers, helping customers at Lakeside Greenhouses, or growing vegetables in his own garden, Kip was inseparable from the soil.
Outside of agriculture, Kip’s passions included fishing and camping with his friends and his dog Moses, cheering on his favorite professional sports teams (Yankees, Packers, and 76ers), and worshipping with his Christian family at Crossroad Community Church. He lived in Sussex County for nearly his entire life and knew every back road and lane by heart. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jennings and Jean (Pruitt) Foskey, for whom he served as caregiver for years, as well as by a sister Cynthia. He leaves behind three children, William “BJ” (Valerie) Foskey Foxburrow, Jonathan Foskey, and Margeaux Foskey, and a brother Kevin Foskey. He was a devoted Pop Pop to Desmond, Cormac, Abram, and Ferris. A service will be held Saturday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at 231 W. 8th Street, Laurel, with food and fellowship at noon at the same location. Pastor Rick Betts will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Kip Foskey’s memory to the Delaware Humane Association, 18675 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. Arrangements are in the care of the Hannigan, Short, Disharoon Funeral Home in Laurel.