William Henry Folkerts passed away peacefully, May 15, 2003, from complications of a stroke.
Born Oct. 21, 1915, in Crow Agency, to John and Elbertha Folkerts, he was the oldest of three children. He moved to Shepherd at a young age, where he attended school.
In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Bill worked at International Harvester in Billings, where he met his wife, Doris Gullard. They were married in 1947 and two sons were born unto this union. In 1956, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier.
Doris passed away in 1957. In 1959, Bill married Helen Cox and became father to her four children. To this union, two more children were added to the family. Bill continued his career with the U.S. Postal Service until he was 70 years old at which time he was "out the door in '84," as Bill quoted many times. His wife Helen, passed away in 1993.
Bill was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of over 50 years as well as a 50-year choir member, for which he received special recognition. He also served as deacon and elder.
He is survived by his eight children, Sherry (Duane) Zimmerman, Gary (Judy) Cox, Ron (Janet) Folkerts, Phil (Karen) Cox, Dan (Debby) Folkerts, Bob (Cathy) Cox, Jan (Curt) Cline and Rick (Tami) Folkerts; grandchildren include Traci (Randy) Jacobs, Julie and Craig Zimmerman, Mike and Brendan Cox, Debbie (Wynn) Mader, Kathy (Wil) Dostal, Beth Folkerts, Andrea (Nick) Christen, Jared Cox, Berri, David and Heidi Folkerts, Erik and Emily Hamnes, Leslie Cline, and Mandi "Niki" Holmstrom; and great-grandchildren, Vance and Vanessa Jacobs and Garrett Dostal. He is also survived by his brothers, Art (Sandy) Folkerts and Elbert (Erma) Folkerts.
To our Dad, Brother, and Grandpa, "well done, good and faithful servant."
The family will greet friends to celebrate Bill's life Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the First Presbyterian Church. Interment with military honors will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
A special thanks goes to the friends and staff at Diamond Willow Personal Care Home and the Horizon Hospice Home for all their care, love and support during the past year.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or Big Sky Hospice.