Memorial Services celebrating the life of John C. Folkestad, age 62 of St Cloud will be 11AM Monday, November 8, 2010 at Grace United Methodist Church in Saint Cloud.  Pastor John Praetorius will officiate, and burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.  John died peacefully Thursday morning in his home surrounded by his family after a long struggle with Melanoma.  Friends may from 4-8 PM on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St Cloud.  There will be a time for sharing at 7 PM.  There will also be a visitation from 10 AM until the time of the service at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud.  Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

John was born April 24, 1948 in Minneapolis to Charles and Carol (Henderson) Folkestad.  John enlisted in the Air Force from 1971-1974 where he spent his time in Italy.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from St. Cloud State University prior to his time in the service.  John married Diane Berthiaume in 1978.  They had two children together, and later divorced.  He later married Lois Gwynn on June 29, 2003 in St. Cloud MN.  John worked for the State of Minnesota in the Department of Management and Budget for over 27 years.  He was a member of the St. Cloud Eagles, the St Cloud Legion, and Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud.

John is survived by his wife Lois Gwynn, St, Cloud; his children Amanda Folkestad, St. Cloud; Joel (Heather) Folkestad, St. Cloud; his step-children Kristina (David) Gwynn Dobler, and their four children Anchorage AK; Wade (Crystal) Gwynn, St. Cloud; Nick (Jamie) Gwynn, St. Cloud; his mother Carol Folkestad, Sun City, AZ; his brothers, Alan (Margie) Folkestad, Denver, CO; and Steve Folkestad, Sun City, AZ.

He is preceded in death by his father Charles Folkestad.