Kenneth Joseph Folz, age 75, passed away on Monday, November 1, 2021 at home with his loving family at his side.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Rozellville, with Rev. Sengole Vethanayagam officiating. The service will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/rembsfuneralhomes. Burial will be in the parish cemetery where military rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6352 of Stratford with all of his grandchildren serving as pallbearers. The visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday at Rembs Funeral Home in Marshfield and from 9:00 am until service time at St. Andrew’s Church in Rozellville.
Kenneth was born to Joseph & Isabella (Brost) Folz on October 19, 1946 on the family farm outside of Rozellville, WI. He attended St. Andrew’s Grade School in Rozellville and graduated from Marshfield Columbus High School in 1965. Ken married his “blonde love” and high school sweetheart, Beverly Hupe, on June 29, 1968. They were married 53 years and raised five children and enjoyed spending time with their eleven grandchildren together. They were active members of St. Andrew’s Parish in Rozellville, WI.
Following high school, he attended Cosmetology School in Wausau and earned his Barbering and Cosmetology license in the spring of 1966. He cut hair professionally for a few years and kept his license for 50 years. Ken was also a proud member of the Wisconsin National Guard from 1966-1972.
He really enjoyed his time with the National Guard and thought he had the best jobs available. He drove the 155 Howitzer tank and was also a battery clerk and the captain’s driver. He was honorably discharged in 1972. Following his time in the National Guard, he purchased the Folz Family Farm where he lived his entire life. In 1983 they built a new home on the family farm and retired from milking cows.
In addition to dairy farming, Ken also worked full time at Felker Brothers Mfg. from 1969 until his retirement in 2008. He enjoyed playing drums and concertina with the Don Frodl Band and Wisconsin Night Owls. Ken was a hard worker who had strong Catholic values, a deep love for family and who lived his life to the fullest.
In his free time, Ken loved to 4-wheel, snowmobile, fish, hunt, travel and attend many of his grandchildren’s concerts, plays, sporting events and activities. Ken cherished many years of travel including some of his favorite vacations to Alaska, Hawaii and Colorado. He especially loved seeing all of the snow and snowmobiles outside of the casinos during their winter snowmobiling trips to Upper Michigan with Bev on various Valentine’s Day weekends.
Ken belonged to the Rozellville Wilderness Riders Snowmobile Club, Central Wisconsin 4-wheeler Club and was a Charter Member of the Rozellville Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Bev, and their children, Todd R. (Connie) Folz of Stratford, Amy (Judd) Hanson of LaCrosse, Tammy Folz of Stratford, Tim (Becky) Folz of Colby and April (Dane) Seubert of Wausau. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Elizabeth Folz, Aric Folz, Josie Hanson, Alexis Folz, Ben Hanson, Matthew Folz, Carson Folz, Easton Sparbel, Caitlin Folz, Clayton Seubert and Miles Seubert. He is further survived by two sisters, Bernice Folz of Minneapolis and Kathleen (Jerry) Caamano of Joliet, IL and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Shirley Folz, Bonnie (John) Cook, Connie (Bill) Niemuth and Audrey (Larry) Syring.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Virgil, Victor and Sylvester “Bud” Folz, his fathers-in-law, Roland Hupe and Dale Pokallus, his mother-in-law, Annita Pokallus, and sister-in-law, Shirley Hupe.
A memorial will be designated at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the oncology doctors and nurses at Marshfield Medical Center and the staff of Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com.