Share |

Bill Folkner

mugshot

William E. “Bill” Folkner, rural LaHarpe, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at his home.  He was 91 years old.  Bill was born July 4, 1922, outside of Chattanooga, Tenn., to John and Cleo (Abel) Folkner.  Bill was the youngest of eight children.  

Bill married the late Betty (LaMunyon) Folkner, rural Mildred, on Jan. 30, 1947, in Chattanooga.  They made their home in numerous communities across the United States before retiring on the Windy Hill Farm east of LaHarpe in 1975.  Bill and Betty later divorced in 1988.

Bill had many work experiences during his life.  His earliest job was at a jelly factory at the age of 13 in Chattanooga.  Later, as a member of the Tennessee National Guard, he was ordered to Active Duty to fight in the Pacific region during WWII.  While on Active Duty, he obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  Bill was distinguished with the Bronze Star Medal for his actions in combat.  After being discharged from the Army, Bill sold insurance and attended college, graduating from law school to become a lawyer.  After graduating from law school, Bill worked for the US Department of Agriculture in Mexico for a short time before applying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  In 1953, he was hired by Mr. J. Edgar Hoover to be a FBI agent and was a special investigator within the FBI until his retirement in 1975.   Since his retirement from the FBI, Bill has been a cattleman and rancher on the Windy Hill Farm.

Survivors are one daughter, Carol Tracy, Tucson, Ariz.; two sons, John Folkner, Albuquerque, N.M., and Robert Folkner, West Lafayette, Ind.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.  

Cremation has taken place with the inurnment at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tenn. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.

OBITUARIES

Gerald Brinkman

thumb

Gerald Gene Brinkman, 69, Peabody, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Services are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Peabody Methodist Chruch. Donations made be made to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of Peterson Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, KS 67114.

Katherine Thompson

thumb

Kathy Thompson, 57, Iola, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1957, in Wichita, the daughter of Frank J. and Etta Mae (Lauer) Florio.Kathy grew up in Haysville and graduated from Campus High School. She was married to Mike White on Feb. 21, 1976, and... [More]

Vera Phillips

thumb

Vera Phillips, 90, McLouth, formerly of Garnett, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home.Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Garnett. Burial will follow in Princeton Cemetery in Princeton. Family will greet friends from 6 to 8... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Iola pit stop in solar car race

thumb

A low-swung vehicle, sleek and silent, slipped into Iola Wednesday evening, a sight that caused a good many heads to turn.The University of Michigan’s solar car, leading the biennial American Solar Challenge race from Austin, Texas, to Minneapolis, Minn., stopped here for... [More]

Davis celebrates 100 years of memories

thumb

Ruby Davis has lived in the same house in Iola since 1956, and it is filled with a century’s worth of artifacts. Davis turned 100 on Wednesday.What’s the most important thing in her house? Is it the table in her living room — the first piece of furniture she... [More]

Family enters ‘Trigger’ in car show

thumb

Trevor Gray is the first to admit there will be other, more polished pieces of vehicular art at the upcoming Smokin’ Hot Car Show and BBQ Cookoff.He rattles off his issues with Trigger, the name he’s affectionately given his 1989 Toyota pickup.“There are a few... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Indians win 8-5 behind Weir’s bat, Barclay’s arm

thumb

POMONA — WIth the winning run up to bat, Iola’s AA American Legion Post 15 was able to stave off a comeback in the late innings from Wellsville during the quarterfinals of the Zone 6 Tournament Wednesday night. The Indians won 8-5 over Wellsville, thanks in part to... [More]

New rec director eases into role

thumb

As of late June, after one month or so of being Iola’s interim director of the recreation department, Jason Bauer has dropped “interim” off his title. Bauer, 34, was officially promoted to the position at a June meeting of the Iola City Council.Bauer had been... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription