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Forrest Andrew Folkedahl

July 8, 1944 - September 8, 2022

Forrest was born on July 8, 1944 to Andrew and Nina (Nelson) Folkedahl. He attended school at Mabel and Spring Grove through the 10th grade. After that, he joined the army on July 20th, 1966 and served for two years. He met the love of his life before he joined the service, and they were united in marriage on October 14th, 1967. They lived in the Hesper-Mabel area their entire life and have resided at their current address since 1970.

Forrest had several jobs before working for Winneshiek County – Locust Shop as a road maintenance employee. He became the foreman of the crew and retired from that job in 2006 after 37.5 years for the county. He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards, trading and upgrading several vehicles during his lifetime, and especially going to car auctions with his father-in-law, Andy Sollien. His greatest joy was his family, especially spending time with his grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In his years after retirement, he took pride in keeping his lawn immaculate and his vehicles sparkling clean.

Forrest passed away Thursday, September 8, 2022 at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the age of 78.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Andrea Folkedahl (Hesper); daughter, Brenda (Burt) Hongerholt; grandchildren, Kayla (Josh) Simiele, Christopher Hongerholt, and Kaia Hongerholt; great-grandchildren Addison, Vivienne, and Noah; siblings, Odis Fossum, Nanford (Karen Dehning) Folkedahl, and Lola (Robin) Foltz; brother-in-law, Tim Sollien and several nieces and nephews
He is preceded in death by son, Troy Folkedahl; brother, Gene Folkedahl; sister, Mavis Rilling; brother-in-law, John Fossum and Greg Nelson; sister-in-law, Judy Folkedahl and Deb Nelson.  

Funeral services will be 11 AM Wednesday, September 14th at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, Iowa with the Rev. David Werges officiating.  Burial will be in the Hesper Public Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 PM Tuesday at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper and one hour prior to services at the Church.