Richard Folkestad — Kasson

KASSON — A memorial service for longtime Kasson Chevy dealer, Richard Folkestad, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, February 4, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, with the Rev. Ronald Jensen officiating. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson in the Spring.

Mr. Folkestad, 88, died peacefully on Tuesday (January 30, 2007) at Rochester Methodist Hospital, after being a patient there for one day.

Richard E. Folkestad was born on August 8, 1918, in Hazenmore, Saskatchewan, Canada, where his parents A.L. and Viva (DeYoung) Folkestad had homesteaded. The family returned to Kasson in the 1920s and started the Chevrolet Garage there in 1926. Mr. Folkestad resided in the same house on Kasson’s Main Street for 80 years, until moving to Prairie Meadows Senior Living Facility on May 8, 2006.

He graduated from Kasson High School in 1935 and completed the business program at Minneapolis Business College. He spent four years in the Army during World War II, with the 65th Armored Field Artillery Battalion ("Strikes Like Lightening"). His service spanned from Utah Beach, as part of the D-Day Invasion, through campaigns across Europe and Africa, and included participation in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp at the end of the War.

Mr. Folkestad returned home and continued in the business of Chevrolet sales and service until his retirement in 1984; he liked to sell trucks and pickups. On October 29, 1946, he married Rose Frese in Claremont. She survives and has resided at "Home Sweet Home" in Byron since June of 2004.


Mr. Folkestad was a long-time member of the Kasson Commercial Club. He served on the Kasson Lumberyard Board for many years, was a member of the VFW and American Legion, and was a member of Huram Abi Masonic Lodge. He received the "Friends of the Kasson Library" award in 2001. In 2002 he received an award in appreciation of his World War II service from the government of France. He also had the honor of turning on Kasson’s first stoplight, located at the intersection of Main Street and Highway 57, in 2003.

He was an avid outdoorsman who liked hunting, fishing, and spending time at his daughter’s farm near Mantorville. He always took good care of his family and dearly loved his three grandchildren. He also enjoyed aggravating the waitresses at his favorite restaurants.

In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, survivors include the following: his "two girls," Mary Lohrbach of Mantorville and Ann McCormick of Lake City; his three grandchildren, Gretchen Lohrbach of Bloomington, Max Lohrbach of Minneapolis, and Will Lohrbach of St. Paul; his sister, Nancee Most of Midland, Michigan; and his brother-in-law, Don Frese of Mantorville. He was preceded in death by a sister, three brothers-in-law, and a sister-in-law.

There will be visitation with the family at the church following the service.

Dibble Funeral Home in Kasson is in charge of arrangements.

The family appreciates memorials to either Seasons Hospice or Mayo Hospice, both in Rochester.

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