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John F. Folk

August 13, 1940 — August 10, 2019

John F. Folk age 78, died Saturday morning, August 10, 2019 in his New Bavaria home.

His Legacy… John was born August 13, 1940 to Lowell and Dorothy (Boday) Folk in Defiance. He graduated from Ayersville High School in 1958.  John served our great nation in the United States Navy.  John’s assignment included the US Naval quarantine    of Cuba serving on the USS Thomas J. Gary. He married Delphine Drella and she died in 1975.  On June 28, 1986, he married Sandra (Eitzman) Giesige.  He was a Machine Chief at Johns Manville.  He retired after 43 years.  John was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate and was an elder and usher there.  He was a member of the New Bavaria VFW  and the Hamler American Legion.  In his spare time, he enjoyed trains, the Cincinnati Reds, traveling with Sandy, and bowling.

His Family… He is survived by his loving wife Sandy; children: Jim (Jana) Folk, Jennings, FL, Jerry (Linda) Folk, Washington, NC, Todd (Cathy) Giesige, Perrysburg, Tina (Dan) Przyojski, Temperance, MI, Scott (Liz) Giesige, Holgate, and Troy (Kim) Giesige, Ottawa Lake, MI; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Lee Chard, Angola, IN.  John was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Mary Lou Chard and Betty Folk   and a granddaughter Tara Giesige.

His Farewell Services… Friends will be received in the Zachrich Funeral Home, Holgate on Saturday from 2-5 and 6-8 pm and again 1 hour before the church service. The celebration of John’s life will be Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Holgate   with Reverend Theodore Rellstab officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Stephen Lutheran Cemetery, Defiance.  In lieu of flowers, contributions made in John’s memory can be made to Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice or St. John’s Lutheran Church.

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Zachrich Funeral Home and Cremation Services

114 Williams Street, Holgate, OH 43527

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Celebration of Life

Sunday, August 18, 2019

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