Brett Alan Folkedahl, age 50, of Merrill, Wisconsin, formerly of Blairstown, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota after the utmost courageous battle with esophageal cancer. His final days were spent surrounded by friends and family at his side. Memorial Service: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church, Marengo, Iowa, with Pastor Anni Mingin officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown, Iowa. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2016, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established. In addition, a Celebration of Brett's Life will be held Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Left to honor Brett and remember his love are his father Nanford "Buck" Folkedahl; a second mother, Karen Dehning; a brother Bradley (Tracy) Folkedahl; a sister Nicole (Ron) Homire; three nephews Gage Kensler; Joshua Kensler and Hunter Homire; a niece Brittany Folkedahl; and his best friend and partner in life, Kelly Nolan. He was preceded in death by his mother Judith Selk Folkedahl.
Brett was born November 10, 1965, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Nanford and Judith Selk Folkedahl. He graduated from Iowa Valley High School in 1984, and was employed at Amana Refrigeration for 10 years. Brett then managed and operated a horse sale barn, the Western Exchange, in Belle Plaine, and was currently employed as a sales manager of implement equipment for Vanderloop Equipment in Marathon, Wisconsin. Brett has been an avid horseman and outdoorsman since his childhood. He greatly enjoyed trail rides, riding in the mountains of Wyoming and Montana as well as in the Dakotas, horse auctions, and camping with his horse, dog, and friends. Having such a contagious personality, he was right at home wherever good friends or strangers gathered. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, honesty, integrity, gentle compassion, strong faith in God, and his caring soul.