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Cornelius "Cornie" Folkerts
Inwood, IA: Cornelius “Cornie” Folkerts, 87, of Inwood, Iowa, died Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at Fellowship Village in Inwood. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 26, at 10:30 AM at Inwood Christian Reformed Church in Inwood with Rev. David Smit officiating. Burial, with military rites, will follow at Richland Cemetery of Inwood. Public visitation will begin at 4:00 PM on Friday, June 25 at Inwood Christian Reformed Church in Inwood with the family present from 6:00-8:00 PM. Memorials may be given to the Inwood Museum or Vi Bella, Serves Inc.
Cornelius “Cornie” Folkerts was born October 20, 1933, at the home of his parents, Pierre and Trina (Boersma) Folkerts, seven miles southwest of Inwood, Iowa. His education began in the country school nearby through the elementary years. Cornie graduated from the Inwood High School in 1951. He attended Iowa State College for almost a year before deciding to farm with his dad.
In April of 1954 he was drafted into the United States Army and sent to Fort Leonardwood for basic training, after which he served his country for 18 months in South Korea. Cornie was honorably discharged in February of 1956. He married Gert Van Bemmel on September 7th that same year in the Sioux Falls Christian Reformed Church. They made their home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for 6 months before moving to the family farm. They were blessed to become parents to Jeffrey, Julie, Lauren, and Gregory.
Cornie enjoyed life on the farm planting and harvesting crops and feeding cattle. He was especially proud of his registered Red Angus Cows and their offspring, which were sold throughout the United States, Canada, and South Africa. Cornie was active in the Inwood Christian Reformed Church and his community through Kiwanis, the American Legion, and also playing the part of Santa Claus for many Christmases celebrated at the Inwood Community Center.
In 1987, he sold the farm to begin a new venture, establishing Inwood Machine located on the east edge of the city. One of his most satisfying achievements was inventing and building ten Kid-A-Round Ferris wheels. This ride was popular at county fairs and city celebrations in the tri-state area. Cornie retired in 2011 at the age of 78.
Cornie is survived by his wife, Gert; daughter, Julie (Kirk) Hulstein and their children, Amanda (Carlos) Bahena and their children, Celia, Isaiah, and Isabella, Matthew (Tracey) Hulstein and their child, Elinor, Christopher Hulstein, and Nichole (Tim) Van Dyke and their children, Wyatt and Genevieve; son, Gregory (Jill) Folkerts and their children, Marcel, Daniel, and Emma; son, Jeffrey’s children, Jason Folkerts and Jarod Folkerts; daughter, Lauren’s child, Cynthia Centofanti; sisters, Alice Faber, Sadie Faber, and Bess Bolkema; and brother, Roy Folkerts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pierre and Trina; son, Jeffrey Folkerts; daughter, Lauren Centofanti; sisters, Nellie Van Tol and Jean Kowalski; and brother, Henry Folkerts.
It was the month of January in the year 2012,Yvonne and I drove to Inwood and became owners of a trailer mounted Ferris wheel designed by and built by the Master himself. Getting to spend time with such gracious hosts was a bonus. We had a great 7 years with the ride and made a lot of people happy. Cornie and I kept in by telephone over the years. He talked about driving up for a visit. I regret not having coaxed him more. Another life lesson I guess.. Gert our sincere condolences to you and your loved ones. Take care. Yvonne and Bunny Combres. Shell Lake,Saskatchewan
Bunny Combres Jul 22 2021 3:53 PM
Gert, Julie, Greg and family. We are saddened to hear the news of dear Cornie's passing. He was always a bright light in the midst of every setting and circumstance, relying on his deep faith in those moments of greatest earthly distress and hardship. There are so many memories held dear along with a few artifacts of our time working together. The talents from musician to heavy equipment operator, engineer to elder, were always emerging. Moreover, Cornie's deep sense of compassion, clarity about the complexities of our earthly journey, and his ever present hope that we must always cling to. were those things that will forever secure and deepen his legacy. Forever grateful for the times shared and the lessons learned. May His Grace be sufficient to carry you through the waves of sadness and thanksgiving.
Marty and Shari Kooistra
Marty Kooistra Jun 27 2021 4:14 PM
Cornie was full of life and always made you feel special. I enjoyed our last visit and I know he will be greeted with open arms in Heaven. Feet you and your family have my sincere sympathies.
LeRoy (Lee) Hunefeld Jun 26 2021 4:03 PM
Gert and family....Rolene and I send our prayers of comfort to you and your family. Cornie was a very special friend and classmate. Our Inwood High School class of 1951 will miss Cornie and his wonderful smile and contagious laugh......Ray Breed, Omaha, NE.
Ray Breed Jun 26 2021 12:37 PM
My condolences to Gert and the whole family. Cornie had such an infectious smile and laugh and definitely will be missed
Alan Kroger Jun 26 2021 11:59 AM
I'm sorry to hear of your family's loss, Julie. What a blessing to have had a godly father! Hugs and prayers for you!
Beth Johnson Jun 26 2021 9:44 AM
Greg, very sorry to hear about your father. My condolences to you and your entire family. My families thoughts and prayers are with you.
Phil Meyer Jun 25 2021 11:42 AM
Our condolences to you and your family Gert. A lot of good memories.
Wilbur and Lucy Daale Jun 24 2021 11:14 PM
My condolences to you all. I had many wonderful times with Cornie. He was a most wonderful and giving gentleman. May the Peace and Love of the Lord be with you all now and always.
Jon Thorburn Jun 24 2021 2:39 PM
I have such fond memories of this fun-loving guy when I went to church in Inwood. God gave him such an incredible talent for connecting with so many people.
Bonnie Attema Jun 24 2021 12:08 PM