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Albert Folk, age 91 of Milbank died April 23, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Milbank. Father Gary DeRouchey will officiate and burial will be in the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at Mundwiler Funeral Home beginning at 5 p.m. A rosary and prayer vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Thursday, one hour prior to the Mass.
Casket bearers will be his grandsons: Dan Rademacher, Jeff Rademacher, Ryan Nelson, Chad Folk, Matt Kasuske, Adam Rademacher, Carter Folk, Anthony Nelson, Josh Folk, Greg Rademacher, and Justin Bradley. Honorary bearers will be granddaughters: Amy Scarbrough, Alyssa Kasuske, Camren Grewing.
Albert J. Folk was born on December 12, 1926, in Milbank, SD. He was the son of Steve and Barbara (Giessinger) Folk. Albert attended rural school at Geneseo #4, Roberts County.
Albert served in the United States Army, enlisting in April of 1945. He served during the Japan War and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Victory Medal, and Army of Occupation Medal. He was honorably discharged on December 12, 1946.
Albert returned to South Dakota. He was united in marriage with Lucille VanHout on June 14, 1951. They were blessed with eight children. Albert farmed in Roberts County for 41 years. During that time, he served as chairman of Geneseo #4 School Board for five years. He was a board member of Geneseo Township Weed Board for 13 years. He drove school bus, and his children were always “first on and last off.”
Albert was a faithful member of St. Lawrence parish and served as an usher and greeter. He sang in the church choir. He was a life-time member of the Knight of Columbus where he served on many different projects including chairman of the Roberts County Tootsie Roll Drive. Albert and Lucille moved to Milbank in 1997. His hobby of wood craft flourished. Albert loved to fish! He loved the outdoors and enjoyed living in the country and going for a drive. He was proud and honored to have been a passenger on South Dakota’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Albert was a “jack of all trades” – he could fix anything and was a great mechanic. To say that Albert was a Minnesota Twins fan was an understatement. He either watched or listened to every game possible—even if it meant sitting in a parked vehicle! He collected Twins memorabilia and proudly displayed it. He also enjoyed playing cards,especially Hand and Foot. Most importantly, Albert loved his family and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 66 years, Lucille Folk of Milbank, SD; children: Peggy (Kevin) Rademacher of Bellingham, MN; Debra (Bill) Nelson of St. Paul, MN; Randy (Marilyn) Folk of Milbank, SD; Sam (Heather) Folk of Milbank, SD; Nick (Sara) Folk of St. Paul, MN; Scott (Hilarie) Folk of Milbank, SD; Denise (Randy) Kasuske of Twin Brooks, SD; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; siblings: Ed (Gladys) Folk of Milbank, SD; Leo (Betty) Folk of Milbank, SD; Jeanette Spahr of Milbank, SD; Mary Whiting of Milbank, SD; Rose Lewno of Oregon; Teresa Hyatt of Milbank, SD; Elvina (Arvid) Boerger of Twin Brooks, SD; Eugene (Deanna) Folk of Corona, SD; Barbara Graham of Colorado; Don (Shirley) Folk of Corona, SD; and Angela (Rusty) Davis of Las Vegas, NV. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Andrew; and sibiling: Helen Wibeto; Lillian Jorgenson, Florence Jankord, Lucille Rademacher, Charles Folk; and Diane VanHout.