David J. Folske, 75 of Bismarck, ND, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 in Bismarck at the St. Alexius Medical Center.
Mass of Christian burial for David will be on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10:00 am at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Bowman. Fr. Paul Eberle will celebrate the Mass with burial to follow in the Bowman Cemetery. There will be a Rosary and Scripture Service on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the St. Charles Catholic Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.
David J. Folske was born June 19, 1943 in Bowman, ND to Ella (Wood) and Albert Folske. Dave was raised on the family farm in Slope county that his Great Grandfather Theodore homesteaded in 1907. He attended Cottage school thru 8th grade and attended high school in Bowman graduating in 1961. During high school, he was junior class Vice President, Senior Class Treasurer, and lettered in football all 4 years. He was a 2 year member of the National Honor Society. Dave worked at Service stations in Bowman “Lanny’s Mobil” after school and during summers until the spring of 1962.
In 1962-1964 he went to work for his dad on the farm. He loved being on the farm and thought that might be where he would make his life, but it wasn’t meant to be. He attended North Dakota College State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND where he obtained Electronics Technology degree. After obtaining his degree he began his career with the telephone companies. Most notably Northwestern Bell back in the day. He rose through the ranks only to retire from Northwestern Bell/ATT/US West/ Qwest. Then start his career again with with local rural telephone cooperatives. He worked most of his career in Grafton, ND where he raised his family, then onto Rugby, Devils Lake, Fargo and Bottineau. He was known as a tough boss, for getting the job done, but fair. His workers loved him.
In 1964 he married Mary Bingham. From this union, four wonderful children were born. Tom, Laura, Margaret, and Kerri. He was a strict and decisive father to his kids, but no one loved them more. He loved their activities, especially Tom’s “hockey”, and the girl’s’ “figure skating”. He was often found at the rink and, although he knew “nothing” about hockey, his opinion regarding the state of hockey in ND was well respected. He served on the North Dakota Amateur Hockey Association as President for a number of years.
Eventually Dave retired and enjoyed traveling and going “south” to Yuma, AZ, in the cooler months. When he was back in ND and time permitted, he loved watching his grandchildren’s activities. He has shirts and hats representing all their schools so he could cheer loud and be one of the crowd. He was proud of all his grandkids’ accomplishments and got a gleam in his eye when he spoke of them. He was proud that he taught many of them to fish. Some of his fondest memories were with his grandkids at the lake, fishing, waterskiing, tubing, and bonfires. During the winter making a rink on the lake when we’d all come to visit was the best. He was also an avid card player and enjoyed a good game of Whist or Pinochle, and he enjoyed winning the most.
Dave was a good man. A man to remembered for his work ethic and for the love of his family. His family knows he’s on the lake driving his boat waiting for all of us to arrive. We will alway’s think of him as “Super Dave”.
He is survived by many family members who will miss him dearly, His son Tom (Carla), Bismarck,their children David and Thomas, Jr; daughter Laura (Doug) Folske Moorhead, and her daughter Melanie (Chad) Andries and their son’s Noah and Jacob; daughter Margaret, Fargo, and her daughter’s Maggie (fiancée Alex) and Annie; Son in law John McIntosh, Horace, ND; daughter Kerri (Robert) Christenson, Las Alamos, NM, and their son Benjamin. Brothers Jim (Cindy) Sherwood, OR, and Albert Jr.(Judy) Broken Arrow, OK, and Sister in law Dora Folske , Bowman, ND. Also, many nephews, nieces, great nieces, great nephews, sisters in law, brothers in law, and friends who meant the world to him. Thank you all for being part of his life. Dave was preceded in death by his grand parents Theodore and Bertha Folske and his parents Albert and Ella Folske and a brother Robert.
Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements.