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Frank James Folts


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Frank James Folts Obituary
Frank James Folts

Born: November 3, 1929; in Ashford Hollow, NY

Died: January 21, 2018; in Fountain, CO

Frank James Folts passed away peacefully on January 21, 2018 at home in Fountain, CO. Frank was born November 3, 1929 to William and Gladys Folts, in Ashford Hollow, NY.

Frank joined the United States Air Force in January 1948 where he spent the majority of his career as an instructor in the Under-Graduate Pilot Training Program. While in the Air Force he was stationed in Nebraska, Wyoming, Japan, Illinois, Texas and lastly Mississippi. TSGT Frank J Folts retired after 24 years of service to our great country.

While stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois, Frank met the love of his life, Marlene Grant. They married in 1961 and spent the next 55 years together. During his stint in Texas Frank took on a part-time job as a mechanic at a bowling alley. This was a lead into his life after the military. When he retired from the USAF in 1972, Frank started with the Brunswick Corporation as an assistant mechanic at Parkside Lanes in Montgomery, IL. Later that year he took over the management of St. Paul's Lanes in Aurora, IL. While at St. Paul's Lanes, Frank started junior leagues which is where his involvement with youth bowling took shape. He would spend the next nine years coaching, which naturally led into him serving as president of the Aurora Junior Bowling Association for many years, as well as a director of the Illinois State Junior Bowling Association. Frank continued to stay involved in bowling over the next thirty plus years while bowling in a mixed league with his wife Marlene. He then took on an even larger role as her chauffeur and right-hand-man while she jumped into women's bowling with both feet. All of his hard work, dedication and support did not go unnoticed by the many women of the Illinois State Women's 500 Bowling Club. Frank was made an honorary member in 2017. In 2014 Frank received one of the greatest honors in the sport of bowling; he was inducted into the Greater Aurora USBC Association Hall of Fame in the Pioneer Category.

Frank worked for Frito-Lay, a local car wash, was active in the American Legion color guard and officially retired at the age of 82.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Judith Ann Delaney; thirteen brothers and sisters; and most recently his beloved wife, Marlene Grant Folts.

Frank is survived by his children, Terri Pappas (Jeff Davis) of Streator, IL, Michael Folts of Omaha, NE, Deanna Line (Jeff Watson) of Fountain, CO, Tracy (Randy) Riskus of Plano, IL, and Tia (Jeff) Dumdie of Aurora, IL. He is also survived by his twelve grandchildren, Hobie (Janelle) Hall, Johnathan Taylor, Roger Folts, Sara Demanett (Tony Prange), Jessica (Patrick) Shepp, Jennifer (Marc) Mandell, Jeena (Aubrey) Toney, Jason Line, Courtney (Anna) Geers, Katie Geers, Stephanie Johnson and Thomas Dumdie. Frank, also known as "Gramps", was blessed with eighteen great-grandchildren; Brayden, Logan, Austin, Shelby, Ashley, Isaac, Katniss, Harleen, Kaylea, Adam, Calvin, Claire, Cole, Wyatt, Annabelle, Ezra, Kaden and Trenton. In addition to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Frank leaves behind two sisters-in-law, plus numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews spread across the country.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Frank will be laid to rest later this year, with military honors, at the new Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs, CO.

Condolences may be sent to Deanna Line 7415 Colonial Ln, Fountain, CO 80817 or Tracy Riskus, 409 S. Ben St, Plano, IL 60545.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Feb. 1, 2018
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