Gordon J. Folse

Gordon J. Folse

The Hawk was well known for his prowess on the raquetball court. Not for his kill shots, but for his cheap shots. A textbook cadet: a Cellica GT (finally), a set of skis, and a special place in his heart for head Rabble Rousers and men with terminal smiles.
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(Ret.) Lt. Col. Gordon James Folse, 66, of Fredericksburg, VA, passed away at home surrounded by his wife and children, Sunday, August 21, 2022.  His passing into eternal life was preceded by a sudden diagnosis and brief struggle with pancreatic cancer.  

Gordon was born in Thibodaux, Louisiana, on April 13, 1956, to Harvey and Ruth (Zeringue) Folse.  The eldest of five, he grew up in Louisiana until his entrance to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the fall of 1974.  Upon graduation, Gordon married his "Sweet Babboo", and wife of 43 years, Janet (Heidel) Folse.  After 20 years of active duty service as a finance officer in the U.S. Army, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He continued to work in finance and information technology consulting for both the private and government sectors until his death.  Perhaps his greatest accomplishment, however, was the love he showered on others. Gordon was an exceedingly generous man who was deeply devoted to his Catholic faith, family, and country.  One of his greatest endeavors was providing all of his children and grandchildren with an annual beach reunion.

Gordon is preceded in death by his infant son, Luke Joseph. He will be deeply missed, and is survived by his wife Janet, his two sons, five daughters, five in-laws, and seventeen grandchildren.  

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm on Monday, August 29, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, and will begin with recitation of the Rosary.  A funeral Mass will be offered 11:00 am Tuesday, August 30, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, followed by a reception in the parish hall.  A private, family internment will be Wednesday, August 31, at Culpeper National Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9149 Ely's Ford Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.  Checks can be made out to St. Patrick Catholic Church with the memo "in memory of Gordon Folse".

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