Dr A L “Al” Folkner

Dr A L “Al” Folkner

Birth
Iola, Allen County, Kansas, USA
Death 14 Nov 2011 (aged 81)
Tubac, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
Burial Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 103485199 · View Source
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1930 - 2011 As a family physician and community volunteer in Warrensburg, for over three decades, Al Folkner's legacy is one of service to others. Al died on a beautiful sunny Arizona day, at his home in Tubac on November 14, 2011, after an extended illness. He was born May 24, 1930, to Frank and Helen Folkner in Iola. Al was the only 12-time varsity letterman to date in Iola High School History. 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.Dr. A.L. Folkner



As a family physician and community volunteer in Warrensburg, for over three decades, Al Folkner's legacy is one of service to others.

Al died on a beautiful sunny Arizona day at his home in Tubac on Nov. 14 after an extended illness.

He was born May 24, 1930, to Frank and Helen Folkner in Iola, Kan.

Al was the only 12-time varsity letterman to date in Iola High School history. 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, Al attended Kansas University Medical School where he received his degree in family practice and became a lifelong Jayhawk fan.

Due to the keen matchmaking skills of his Aunt Ruth, he met and married his true love Barbara Ann Marak in 1955.

Al entered the Navy following medical school. The Folkners were assigned to bases in Camp Pendleton Calif., Pensacola Fla., where he became a flight surgeon, and Olathe Naval Air Station, Kan., from 1957-1961. Following discharge from the Navy, he joined his mentor and lifelong friend, Dr. T. Reed Maxson, in his medical practice in Warrensburg.

Dr. Folkner was a member of the American Board of Family Practioners 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 Warrensburg City Council and was mayor pro-tem. Al served twice as chief of staff at Western Missouri Medical Center. He was a member and past president of the Warrensburg School Board. Al 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. He was appointed to the University's Board of Regents in 1982, serving as president from 1986-1988. Al was honored as UCM Distinguished Alumni in 1991 and inducted into the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

The Folkners were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where Al participated on parish council, as lecturer and choir member. He was actively involved in Catholic Charities.

The Folkners moved to southern Arizona in 1996. Al enjoyed retirement, playing golf, bridge, reading and grilling out on his patio with his beloved mountain view. He cherished the many special friendships he found in Tubac.

Recognizing the need for local healthcare, he led fundraising efforts to establish a local medical clinic, and recruited Dr. Tom Linnemann to serve their small community in Arizona. The Folkners were members of St. Ann's Parish in Tubac.

Al is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara; and four daughters, Pat (Mark) Leicht, St. Louis, Sue (Cyril) Kapsner, Birchwood Village, Minn., Lisa (Jim) Bevill, Macon, Ga., and Ann (Mark) Angers, Mission Hills, Kan. Known as "Doc" to his 12 grandchildren, they are Joe and Ben Pryor, John (Nina), Andrew, Peter and Annie Leicht, Joe, Tom and Chris Kapsner, and Eric, Martha and Elizabeth Bevill. His great-grandchildren are Boston Lea Caylor-Pryor and Jackson Leicht. Doc often remarked how pleased he was that his grandchildren were such good friends. Al is also survived by a sister, Dora Lou Clements of Humbolt, Kan.; sister-in-law, Jane Leifer of Kansas City; and several nephews and nieces.

The family wishes to thank Valor Hospice and Diane and Natalie VanAlstine, who were most caring and thoughtful to Al and his entire family at the end of his journey.

Determined, resilient, loving, with an echoing laugh, Al gave God all the glory for his life, through his illness, and the way he faced eternity.

A Mass of Celebration followed by burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warrensburg on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m.

A memorial service will also be held at a later date in Tubac, Ariz.


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

(Excerpt from "If" by Rudyard Kipling)


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 103485199
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr A L “Al” Folkner (24 May 1930–14 Nov 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103485199, citing Sunset Hill Cemetery, Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by bruce uhler (contributor 47195334) .