Industry veteran Howard Foust dies

Howard Lee Foust, a 56-year-veteran of the mattress industry, died Dec. 14 at his home in West Covina, Calif.

Foust began his career in the mattress and home furnishings business in 1957 with Hoover Universal. He was instrumental in the development and introduction of the company’s sofa sleeper into furniture and recreational vehicle markets. In 1984 he and son Randy formed the independent sales representative firm Howard Foust and Associates. Today, clients include Bechik, ChemTick, Coats American and Latex Global.

He also was an original member of the Western Furnishings Manufacturers Association.

Foust is survived by his wife Bettie; five children Rick, Randy and Cary Foust, Sheri Wagonlander and Scott Toesing; seven siblings; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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