In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ron's name to the Alzheimer's Association.
A memorial service for Ronald J. Folkerts, 76, of Titonka, will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Ramsey Reformed Church, Titonka. Visitation will be held from 5:30 to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Titonka.
Ronald James Folkerts was born on August 17, 1943 in Titonka, the son of Ehno and Elsie (Smidt) Folkerts. He grew up near Titonka and was baptized and confirmed at the Ramsey Reformed Church. He graduated from the Titonka High School in 1961. After his schooling, he began farming with his dad. Ron also ran the Office Lounge in Titonka for 10 years, and later worked at Winnebago Industries for 23 years.
On March 22, 1963, he was united in marriage to Karen Van Hove at Ramsey Reformed Church in Titonka. Together they lived near Titonka with their children.
Ron had an outgoing personality and could always be seen with a smile. He was a fun-loving person that never hesitated or shied away from the enjoyment of making people laugh. Listening to music and spending time farming and gardening were just a few of his favorite activities. His grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Ron is survived by his wife, Karen of Titonka; children, Jim (Gwen) Folkerts of Van Meter and their children, Michael, Stephen, and Ellie, Randy (Kelli) Folkerts of Des Moines and their children Abigail and Grace; close family friends, Tom (Deb) Schuller of Jackson, MN, and their children, Nolan (Carrie) Schuller, Stacey (David) Westby and their daughter, Sophia; siblings, Ann (Don) Tegtmeyer of Britt; Wanda Douglas of Worthington, MN; sisters-in-law, Janice Folkerts of Titonka, Leona Van Hove of Buffalo Center, Marlene Van Hove of Spirit Lake; brothers-in-law, David (Lynn) Sleper of Columbia, MO, Bob (Judy) Van Hove of Buffalo Center; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gary Folkerts and Frank Folkerts; sister, Elaine Sleper; and brothers-in-law, Keith Van Hove, and Carroll Van Hove.
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Karen-My most heartfelt sympathies to you and your precious family!
My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Sorry for your loss. Many good memories of crazy good times. Prayers for peace and comfort.
Dear Karen & family,
Ronnie and you are part of so many good memories. We send our thoughts & sympathy.
Keith & Janet Brandt
Dear Karen and Family,
Ronnie lives on in our Memories.
Though we haven't been in touch often in the last 50+ years, he will live in in your children and in our thoughts.
Our deepest condolences,
George and Gitti Cunningham
Prayers for your loss I worked with him at winnebago.
Prayers for your family I worked with him at winnebago
Sorry to hear of Ronald's passing. He and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jerry and Patty McGuire
Sioux City, Iowa
Karen & family, God's love will see you through the trying days ahead. So sorry for your loss. Love to all.
Thoughts to you Karen and family. He was a great guy
Always remember Ronnie coming to our home as Santa! Doug and Tami were so surprised!
RIP, Ron. You were the best father-in-law ever! I will miss your stories and sense of humor. Thank you for loving me, Randy, Abby, and Grace. ❤️
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