William L. "Bill" Folkerts, 80, of Sidney, Neb., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 14, 2013. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney with Pastor Dave Hall officiating. Military Graveside Honors will follow in the Weyerts Cemetery north of Lodgepole, Neb. Cremation has been held; friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday to sign Bill's register book and leave condolences for the family.
William Lewis 'Bill' Folkerts was born in Lodgepole, Neb., to John F. and Amanda M. (Rabe) Folkerts on April 3, 1933. He was baptized in the Weyerts Church. He attended country school in the Weyerts Community and completed school in Sidney where he graduated from Sidney High School.
Bill served in the U.S. Army from May 13, 1953 until his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserves on May 12, 1961. While in the Army, Bill received the National Defense Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany) and the Good Conduct Medal. Bill loved his country and was proud to serve and believed in everything the American Flag stands for.
On June 30, 1957, Bill was united in marriage to the love of his life, Marcelyn J. 'Marcy' Meick in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney. From this marriage two children were born, the daughter, Cyrenna Kay, and son, William Lewis Jr.
Bill and Marcy owned and operated Bill's Refrigeration in Sidney for many years.
Bill was a member of the Sidney Jaycees, VFW Post 610, American Legion Post 17 and a lifetime member of the Sidney Elks Lodge. Bill was the driving force behind the gazebo being built in the Memorial Gardens along with the VFW. Bill set up the sound system for many events in and around the Sidney community such as the memorial services held each year at Greenwood Cemetery, parades, the fair and rodeo and the lighting of the Christmas tree. His volunteer work earned him the Edna Anderson Award from the Chamber of Commerce and Bill served on the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Council and helped around the church in any way he could. Bill enjoyed music and playing the drums. He could not read music but he learned to play the drums by sound. He played with "The Wayne Henzel Sound," "Bill and Dale," "The Millard Musil Band and many others. He was instrumental in starting the Music Jamborees at the Elks Club in Sidney and enjoyed listening to the many talented musicians. Bill also enjoyed boating, dinking around in the garage and being with his family.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Cyrenna K. Voycheske and husband Mike of Atwood; his son, William L. Folkerts Jr. of Sidney; his grandchildren, Jennifer R. Meick and husband Nick of Colorado, William L. Folkerts III of Colorado and Joseph M. Voycheske of Colorado; his great-grandchildren, Jessica, Emma, Justin and Joshua; his sisters, Reva Cameron of Torrington, Wyo., and Leora Powell of Lincoln, Neb.; his sisters-in-law, Wilma Folkerts, Jodene Hardy and husband Ron; brother-in-law, Tom Meick and wife Jane, all of Sidney; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Amanda; his loving wife, Marcy; his brothers, Norman and Lynn; and sisters, Leona Coslow and Nyla Quintana.
A memorial fund is being established. You may view Bill's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com.
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Bill's care and funeral arrangements.