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David F. Folkerts, CPA 1938-2016
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David F. Folkerts, CPA, 78, died Oct. 12, 2016, at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Aug. 18, 1938, at Larned, he was the son of Harm Herman and Mabel Pearl (Simmons) Folkerts. He was a 1956 graduate of Great Bend High School and received a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Kansas. On Aug. 29, 1959, he married Cecile Krause Samson at Seward. A lifetime Great Bend area resident, he was a long-time partner with Fred C. Maneth at Maneth and Folkerts Accounting Firm. Mr. Folkerts was an avid golfer and hunter, and loved University of Kansas sports. He loved his family.
Mr. Folkerts was United States Air Force veteran, serving from 1963 to 1965, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He was a member of Prince of Peace Parish at St. Patrick Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus. He was a former member of Optimist Club, St. Patrick School Board, Prince of Peace Parish Council and Campfire Board. He was active as a Boy Scout leader, and agriculture and oil investor. He co-founded Westwood and the Teen Center.
Survivors include his wife, Cecile Folkerts, of the home; one son, Bryan David Folkerts and his wife Adrienne of Olathe; two daughters, Rebecca Huff and her husband Larry of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Michelle Chamness and her husband Mark of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; three brothers, Terrence L. Keenan of Ness City, Larry E. Keenan of Great Bend, and Dennis J. Keenan of Great Bend; two sisters, Georgiann Bauer of Pawnee Rock, and Gloria Ball of Seattle, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob, Katie, Tara, Taylor, Alexis, Amanda, Mallory, Nicole and Colin; and two great-grandchildren, Ryan and Isadora. He was preceded in death by his father, Harm Herman Folkerts; his mother, Mabel Pearl Folkerts Keenan; his stepfather, Patrick L. Keenan; five brothers, Donald Folkerts, Paul E. Keenan, Ora F. Keenan, Robert P. Keenan, and Patrick L. Keenan; and five sisters, Glenna Rose Row, Evelyn Mazurkiewicz, Louise Dale, Sylvia Chadd Langer and June Klepper.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorials are requested to University of Kansas Cancer Center, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 14, 2016