Shane Folk, 53, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at his home in North Platte, surrounded by his treasured family after a 2 ½ year battle with colon cancer.
Shane was born Aug. 22, 1964 in Mullen to Jim and Ruby (Younkin) Folk. He attended school K-12 in Mullen where he was an outstanding quarterback and safety for the Mullen Broncos Football team; earning all-state honors. He also excelled in golf and wrestling and was the 1982 Class D State Champion Wrestler at 105 pounds. He was crowned homecoming king and graduated from Mullen High School in 1982.
He attended college at Kearney State and then returned home to Mullen to work in the family business, Farmers Elevator. He later worked at the Coldwater Fish Hatchery and for 20 years at Federal Express Freight in North Platte.
Shane married Tonya Boots in Mullen on June 14, 1991 and they were blessed with three children, Brendan, Brett and Haeley. Shane loved spending time with his family and friends, camping and fishing for walleye at Lake McConaughey and hunting deer, turkeys, pheasants and coyotes in the Sandhills.
He loved all sports and was an avid supporter of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, North Platte Bulldogs, and Mullen Broncos and was extremely proud to be a North Platte Legion Baseball and University of Nebraska Kearney Football Dad.
He loved to tell jokes and stories and play practical jokes on his friends and family. He never met a stranger and everyone who knew him loved him.
He was funny, friendly and outgoing and a great friend to many people. But his greatest pride and joy in his life were his three children and he was a wonderful father and husband.
Shane is survived by his wife of 27 years, Tonya; children, Brendan of Kearney, Brett of Lincoln, and Haeley at home; parents, Jim and Ruby Mullen; brother, Terry (Maria) Folk of Ogallala; sisters, Mendy (Steve) Stichka and Lori Folk, both of Mullen; nieces and nephews, Emily and Kaylee Folk, Evan Folk, Michael and Matthew Stichka, and Gregory Smith; other family; as well as so many friends across the country, and his loyal Labrador, Maggie.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, George and Rana Younkin; paternal grandparents, Lewis and Inez Folk; uncles, Clyde and George Younkin Jr. and Lewis Don Folk; aunt, Marian Folk Downing; and brother-in-law, Tom Boots.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Seiker as celebrant. Burial will follow at Cedarview Cemetery in Mullen. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.