3/31/42 ── 5/3/20
Earnest L. Folsom (Earnie), age 78, passed away May 3, 2020 in his sleep at home in Leavenworth, Kansas. Earnie was born March 31, 1942 in Adair, Oklahoma. The family moved to Kansas City, Kansas when he was six months of age and he was raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He joined the Special Forces in his youth where he was a paratrooper. Earnie was a 32nd degree, Masonic Mason, with the Henri Lodge #190 Tonganoxie, Kansas for over 49 years. He was also a member of the Operating Engineers Local 101, Kansas City, Missouri, and local 234 in Iowa. Earnie leaves behind his wife, Peggy Folsom, of 26 years, five sons and two daughters, Earnie Folsom (Laurie), Tonganoxie, Kansas, Eric Folsom (Michelle), McLouth, Kansas, April Portillo (Anthony), Leavenworth, Kansas, Emery Folsom (Jessica), Grand Prairie, Texas, Willard Cross (Sara), Oskaloosa, Kansas, Whendlyn Cross (Mark), Haltom City, Texas, Francis Cross III (Sandy), Bashor, Kansas, one sister, Pam Starkey (Lewis), Elk Point, South Dakota, one brother, Rick Folsom (Tamara), Akron, South Dakota, 22 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Earnie was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Folsom, father, Orie Folsom, and brother, Orie Folsom Jr.