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Lynn Jacob Fostmeier was born on December 22, 1920 in Gilmanton, Wisconsin to Jacob and Dora Fostmeier. He grew up and went to school in Gilmanton and graduated from Gilmanton High School in 1940. After high school he joined the U.S. Army Aircorp and served in the European Theater as a pilot flying the B-24 Liberator Bomber. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of Major and joined the Airforce Reserves.