Gothenburg Resident: Lyle “Dwaine” Folkers, age 80 (1933-2014)

Lyle "Dwaine" Folkers, 80, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died April 30th, 2014, at the Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 26th, 1933, in Gothenburg; son of Fred and Sophia (Peterson) Folkers. Dwaine graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1950 and was soon called to duty in the United States Army in 1953 at the end of the Korean War. He was stationed with the 32nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade in Upper Heyford, England. During his service in the army he married Donna Hudson of Lexington, Nebraska, on August 15th, 1953, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. After discharge, CPL. Dwaine and Donna moved to the family farm where they began building their family and farming career.

Dwaine worked at the Gothenburg Haymill and K&K Appliances before becoming a life long farmer. He was a lifetime member of American Lutheran Church of Gothenburg and served as a church councilman, lifetime member of American Legion and VFW. Dwaine also enjoyed being a part of the Ampride Coffee Club in Gothenburg.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Donna of Gothenburg; son, Doug (Marcia) Folkers of Littleton, Colorado; daughter, Penny Thorman of Gothenburg; son, Scott (Christy) Folkers of Kearney, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and two coming down the road.

Dwaine was preceded in death by a son Craig and his parents and two brothers Wilber and Walt Gerdes.

Services were held at American Lutheran Church, Monday, May 5th, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jon Mapa officiating. Interment followed in the Gothenburg Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the American Lutheran Church, or Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Dept.


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