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Patrick Folkers

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Patrick G. Folkers age 70 of New Hampton, IA died Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2020, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY MONDAY AT 10:30 A.M. VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE HUGEBACK-JOHNSON FUNERAL HOMES FACEBOOK PAGE. Interment will be at a later date in the New Hampton City Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn. of Iowa or Disabled Veterans. Private family visitation will be on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Funeral arrangements are with Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Patrick G. Folkers, along with his older twin brother, Thomas "Moose", were born in New Hampton on July 29, 1949, the sons of Galen and Pauline (Cramer) Folkers. At the time of their birth, Galen was serving as the Sheriff of Chickasaw County. This meant, the Folkers’ children, including the twins, literally grew up in jail, for that’s where the “Sheriff’s home” was located. Patrick attended school in New Hampton, graduating in the Class of 1968 at New Hampton High School. Afterwhich, he enlisted in the United States Army and received his basic and advanced training. He served his country in Da Nang Vietnam, with the C Battery, 6th Battalion, 32nd Artillery from 1968 to 1970. There were many great Patrick stories that can be told, including how he ended up marrying the love of his life — Valerie Angell, who was 13 and walking with her mother by the Courthouse to town when they saw Patrick pull up to the Sheriff’s Office in his 1957 Chevy. She announced that “there’s the guy I’m going to marry.” It took another six years for them to get together, but she was right — that was the man she married. The couple exchanged vows on Sept. 2, 1972, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Hampton, and welcomed three children — Stephanie, Scott, and Travis into their family. Growing up, the Folkers’ children remember their father for the rides he gave them on his motorcycle, and also on the dog sled as Patrick's beloved Siberian Huskies pulled them along. They also remember Dad as being a big University of Iowa fan, whether it be football, basketball, or wrestling. Go Hawks! Patrick held a variety of jobs, but his favorite was the 10 years he spent as a custodian at New Hampton’s elementary and middle school complex. He not only got to see his kids every day in school, but he was “Dad” to a lot more children, all of whom will remember Patrick in his many costumes at Halloween. Pat’rick's service in Vietnam, took a toll on him as he was not only exposed to Agent Orange but also suffered from severe Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and in 1992, he was placed on 100 percent disability. He became "Mr. Mom", caring for his children, cooking meals, and doing the laundry while Valerie worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He loved grilling and spending Saturday night get-togethers with friends when they would sit around the deck, listening to "Cousin Brucie". Patrick was a motorcycle enthusiast. He and Valerie made numerous trips — Patrick driving; Valerie, thankfully, navigating — throughout the western United States. He thoroughly enjoyed his special role of grandpa to his 5 grandchildren, but he was “Papa,” to his fifth grandchild. They, too, found the joys of riding on a dog sled or a motorcycle, but Patrick had to draw the line at jumping with his grandkids on a trampoline, which is a story that will live forever in the Folkers’ lore. He was a longtime member of Holy Family Parish, American Legion Fae Stein Post 38, the VFW, Disabled Veterans of America and the Vietnam Veterans of America. He held several offices with the Legion and served as the Commander of the VFW Post. For many years, he was a constant at his fellow veterans’ funerals, where he called out the cadence during the rifle salute. Patrick took his last motorcycle trip with Valerie in 2013, and the following year he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. It was heartbreaking for his family to watch his condition deteriorate in the last few years. They are comforted by the fact that not only is he at peace now but also that he made such an impact on his wife, children, grandchildren, family members, fellow veterans, long-ago students and so many more. Survivors include his wife, Valerie, two children, Stephanie (Mike) Gilli-Sanfilippo of Papillion, NE, Scott Folkers of Tooele, UT; five grandchildren, Lewe Gilli, Xzavier Gilli, Dylan Sanfilippo, Nylah Rae Sanfilippo, and Thomas Spargo; his siblings, Paulette (Roger) Nosbisch, Jim Folkers, all of New Hampton; his in-laws, Glen and Helen Angell. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Travis Folkers in 2000; two brothers, Dicky Joe Folkers and Thomas “Moose” Folkers; sister-in-law, Jeanne Folkers; brother-in-law, Grant Wheeler.

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  1. Val and family, we are so sorry for your loss. May your faith and trust in God help all of you through this time. Prayers for everyone.

  2. To Val and all of your family. We are so sorry for your loss. Pat was quite the guy! I remember one halloween when he came knocking on our door as the grim riper. He would not say a word and I think it was six months later before we found out who he was.He had a big heart for all the fur babies too. He will be missed. Take care. Jack and Kathy Roethler.

  3. Val and Family: Prayers to you. Thanks to both you and Pat for helping with Poppy Day for many years. Thinking of you. Joy Hall & your American Legion Auxiliary family

  4. Val and family so sorry for your family’s loss. I will always remember his frequent visits to Linn Haven while his parents and brothers were there. He always made time to visit with the staff too. Please know we will be there for Jim also in the difficult days ahead. Prayers to everyone. Linda Flick.

  5. Our sympathy to you Valerie and family. Our memories of you two go back many years when you were “courting”. Prayers for all. Louise and Donn

  6. Val and family – sorry to hear about Pat Know that we are thinking of you and share in your loss. Dan and Kay Hartson

  7. May the memories of your loved one console you in the days ahead. Our prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  8. To Val and family, My sympathy and prayers. Pat has been thru alot and now he is at peace. Thinking of you during this hard time.

  9. Valerie and family: We at the Chickasaw Event Center always enjoyed Pat’s visits, he was so interesting with his stories! A very kind heart as he cared for his pet dogs, he enjoyed showing them off.

  10. Pat was a great neighbor. Whenever I saw him he was always super sweet to me and let me see the dogs as a little girl. The world will be less without him and I’ll miss him very much. -Brianna Hill

  11. Val & family my heart goes out to you! Val, I remember when you two started dating. I worked for Mrs. Ball when the now parking lot at the sheriff’s office had a huge brick house on it, and Pat lived in the upstairs of the sheriff’s office with his family as his dad was the sheriff. You and Pat were such a perfect couple! He was a super nice person and will be missed by many. Just remember all the memories you have shared over all these years. I know things haven’t been easy for Pat these last years, but know that all that pain is gone for him, even though you have the pain of missing him. May God hold you and your family in his loving arms and comfort you during this sad time. Many Blessings of Sympathy!!! MaryAnn Onken Diesburg

  12. Val, Stephanie,Scott and Family. We have been neighbors for a long time, and I’ve got plenty of memories and stories of Pat and our visits. A LOT of them, I can’t really repeat, Lol But we always had fun conversations about almost everything! We will certainly miss visiting with him, but we know he is in a better place now. Take care of yourself, the kids and the grandkids and let’s not forget the dog’s. We will see you around. Sincerly, Leo and Bev Dowd

  13. Val-Scott-Stephanie. Pat always greeted me with “Hello Mr. Fain” for 55 years and was always pleasant to visit with. I have fond memories of all if you from your high school days. Pat can now Rest In Peace. Sondra and Larry Fain

  14. Val and family, we are keeping you all in our thoughts and our prayers. Our deepest sympathies to you all. I will cherish the many memories of Pat!

  15. Val and family…I attended Pat’s online memorial service this morning and what a beautiful tribute to an amazing guy. Sadly he did not get the full military tribute which he so deserved as he was always present for any veterans memorial service. He truly loved his country and had such a heart of gold. The video memorial was very touching as you could see the sparkle in both your eyes and all the fun adventures you shared together. He no longer suffers and is looking after you and your family. Sending hugs and prayers to you. Deepest sympathy…Dan and Sue Huffman

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