HARTINGTON — Larry Folkers, 76, Hartington, died July 13, 2014, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital,Yankton, S.D.
A gathering of family and friends will be held July 17, at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, from 2-4 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 Jan. 13, 1938, in Hartington, to Lowell R. and Edna V. (Munds) Folkers. He was the second son of five children. He grew up in Hartington and was baptized Nov. 21, 1939, and confirmed 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 returned to attend Wayne State Teachers College with a scholarship. Larry later transferred to Yankton College, Yankton, S.D.
Larry met Yankton native Glenda J. Lukes and they were married Jan. 31, 1959, in Yankton. They made their home in Yankton, where their first child, LaRee, was born, followed by son, Randy, in 1961. Larry worked for Central Finance Company and moved his family to Norfolk, in 1965. In 1967, their daughter, JoLee, was born. The Folkers family 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 Glenda started Crofton Auto, Crofton. 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 from which Larry never recovered. Larry then suffered a mild stroke. At the time of his death he was working for NAPA in Hartington, delivering auto parts.
Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Glenda; two daughters, LaRee, and husband, Dave VanGinkel, Hartington, and JoLee DelMonte, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 12 grandchildren, Blaire Folkers, Jeff and Becky Folkers, Travis and Rachael Folkers, Nikole Folkers, Jason and Trista Folkers, Dylan Steinhoff, Mitchell Steinhoff, Mallorie Steinhoff, Makenze Steinhoff, Justin Heikes, Tyler Heikes and Todd Heikes; many great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alan and Connie Folkers, Greeley, Colo., and Ronald and Karen Folkers, Ft. Collins, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Linda Folkers and Karen Folkers; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Larry in death were his parents, Lowell and Edna Folkers; son, Randy; and 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.