Dr. A.L. Folkner


November 22, 2011 - 12:00 AM

A.L. Folkner died in Arizona  at his home in Tubac on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, after an extended illness.
He was born May 24, 1930, to Frank and Helen Folkner in Iola. He attended Iola High School. His athletic abilities led to a football scholarship at the University of Central Missouri, where he majored in physical education and biology. Following graduation in 1952, he attended the University of Kansas Medical School where he received his degree in family practice. 
He met and married Barbara Ann Marak in 1955.
He entered the U.S. Navy after medical school. Following discharge from the Navy, he joined his mentor and lifelong friend, Dr. T. Reed Maxson in his medical practice in Warrensburg, Mo.
He was a member of the American Board of Family Practioneers and a charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He earned his pilot’s license and instrument rating during his early years in Warrensburg. He served on the Warrensburg City Council and was mayor pro-tem. He served twice as chief of staff at Western Missouri Medical Center. He was a member and past president of the Warrensburg School Board. He was president of Rotary in 1987-88 and was distinguished as Rotary International Volunteer of the Year. He was actively involved at the University of Central Missouri, serving as team physician for several years and was appointed to the university’s Board of Regents in 1982, serving as president from 1986 to 1988. He was honored with UCM Distinguished Alumni in 1991 and inducted to UCM Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
He retired from family practice in 1996 and moved to Tubac.
He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Pat and Mark Leicht, St. Louis, Mo., Sue and Cyril Kapsner, Birchwood Village, Minn., Lisa and Jim Bevill, Macon, Ga., and Ann and Mark Angers, Mission Hills; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Dora Lou Clements, Humboldt; three nephews, Bob, David and Craig Clements, and their families; and a sister-in-law, Jane Leifer, Kansas City, Mo.
The family will greet friends at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg, Mo., on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.  A Mass followed by burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. Memorial services will also be held at a later date in Tubac.
The family requests contributions to either the University of Central Missouri Athletic Foundation for football scholarships, P.O. Box 800, Warrensburg, MO 64093  or Healthcare Foundation of Arizona for Tubac, 10001 N. 92nd St., Ste. 121, Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

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