Larry Folkers, age 76, of Hartington, Nebraska, died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington from 2-4:00 p.m. A private burial of his cremated remains will be at the Hartington City Cemetery. Larry wanted everyone to remember him as he was in life.
Larry V. Folkers was born on January 13, 1938 in Hartington, Nebraska to Lowell R. and Edna V. (Munds) Folkers. He was the second son of five children. He grew up in Hartington and was baptized on November 21, 1939 and confirmed on June 1, 1952 at the Trinity Lutheran Church. He attended Hartington Public School.
Larry excelled in athletics, earning many honors, medals and trophies. He lettered all four years in track, basketball, and football. He was often in the paper as the leading scorer in both basketball and football. He was awarded most valuable player at the 1955 Yankton Quarterback Club banquet. He was crowned Homecoming King in 1956. In Larry's senior year, he was approached and offered a scholarship by Coach Jennings of UNL to play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Larry turned it down chuckling that "They weren't any good then". Larry always smiled as he recalled the comradery of his teammates. After high school he went to California and then returned to attend Wayne State Teachers College with a scholarship. Larry later transferred to Yankton College.
Larry met Yankton, SD native Glenda J. Lukes and they were married on January 31, 1959 in Yankton. They made their home in Yankton and then their first child, LaRee was born, followed by son Randy in 1961. Larry worked for Central Finance Company and moved his family to Norfolk, NE in 1965. In 1967 their daughter JoLee was born. The Folkers' returned to Hartington in 1969 with the purchase of what would become Folkers Chevrolet. Larry sold the business in 1971 to Francis Schulte and began a new venture when he and wife Glenda started Crofton Auto in Crofton, NE. During these years, Larry found a passion for golf. Larry owned and operated Crofton Auto for several years before the Folkers family moved to Omaha where Larry continued to work in auto sales.
Following the death of Glenda's mother, Josephine Lukes in 1985, the family returned to Hartington where Larry opened the "Quonset" specializing in used furniture sales. Over the years Larry and Glenda welcomed grandchildren. As the grandchildren grew they enjoyed attending their activities. Grandpa Larry found great joy passing on his knowledge of athletics - coaching his grandsons Jason and Jeff. Upon the closing of "The Quonset" Larry again worked for a time in car sales with Pearson Motor Company. Sadly, in 2008, their son Randy passed away. A blow that Larry never recovered from. Larry then suffered a mild stroke. At the time of his death he was working for NAPA in Hartington, delivering auto parts.
"Grandpa was a strong steady presence in his grandchildren's lives and will be sorely missed."
We know Larry is reunited with his son, happily golfing together. And as his favored Frank Sinatra song said "I Did It My Way".
Larry is survived by his wife Glenda of 55 years; two daughters LaRee and husband Dave VanGinkel of Hartington, JoLee DelMonte of Sioux Falls, SD; 12 grandchildren Blaire Folkers, Jeff (Becky) Folkers, Travis (Rachael) Folkers, Nikole Folkers, Jason (Trista) Folkers, Dylan Steinhoff, Mitchell Steinhoff, Mallorie Steinhoff, Makenze Steinhoff, Justin Heikes, Tyler Heikes, Todd Heikes; many great grandchildren; two brothers Alan (Connie) Folkers of Greeley, CO, Ronald (Karen) Folkers of Ft. Collins, CO; sisters-in-law Linda Folkers and Karen Folkers; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Larry in death were his parents Lowell and Edna Folkers, son Randy, brothers Curtis and Robert Folkers.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be made to the wishes of the family at 107 S. Capitol Hartington, NE 68739
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
Glenda and family,
our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time!
Ken & Mary Thunker
You have our deepest condolences.
Scott and Jan Schrempp
Jeff and Becky, so sorry to hear of your grandpas passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan & Louise Mauch
Glenda and Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I remember Larry from when LaRee and I would go to Crofton and hang out with him. Brings back good memories.
I am so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I enjoyed golfing with him through the years. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Glenda and family, Ron and Alan,
My sincere sympathies to you all. Many great memories are with me, my brother John, and sister Ann, of the years growing up in Hartington along with the Folkers family. I was in Hartington last Thursday and had a brief chat with Larry in a downtown store. May your good memories and the prayers of many help you through this time.
Glenda Ron Alan and family,
It was with great sadness to hear of Larry 's passing. We had many great memories of our families growing up and all the Folkers contributions to the sports of HHS. He will be greatly missed, but forever remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Glenda, LaRee and JoLee,
we are so sorry for your loss. God bless you.
Lina & Shawna Suing
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