Rev. Mr. Milton Webster Folds, Jr., 84, of Churubusco, passed away at 4:26 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, 2010 at his residence. Born Feb. 6, 1926 in Chicago, Ill., he was a son of Milton Webster, Sr. and Jessie (Deacon) Folds.
He lived in Columbia City from 1982-1998 then from 1998-2009 he resided in Churubusco and Phoenix, Ariz. returning to Churubusco in 2009. He graduated from South Shore High School in Chicago with the Class of 1944 and received his Masters of Theology Degree from Notre Dame in 1975. On Aug. 15, 1950, he married Beverly J. East in St. John, Ind.
He served in the United States Army as a medical corpsman and also as a drummer in the post marching band and dance orchestra. He worked at New York Life Insurance Co. in Fort Wayne, from 1965-1975 and then in 1975 he started his own insurance business, Milton Folds and Assoc. Insurance in Columbia City, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco; an ordained Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church; a founder of the Columbia City Curtain Company Players; founder of the Right Side Foundation, now known as Faith Christian Academy; a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Wayne Civic Theater and a nine-time Anthony Award Winner.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly J. Folds of Churubusco; seven children, Milton W. (Cathy) Folds, III of Winona Lake; Joseph P. (Antonia) Folds of Churubusco; Mary (Arnold) Reyling of Decatur; Blaise (Kevin) Moore of Fort Wayne; Mercy (Phillip) Weigmann of Fort Wayne; Michael I. (Kimberly) Folds of Southern Shores, N.C.; and Dorothy (Joseph, Sr.) Cochran of Columbia City; 27 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Dorothy E. Harn and Jessie Mary Mangrum, and a grandson, Jack Wedler.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, with a prayer vigil at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday with one hour of visitation prior to the service at St. John Bosco, 216 N. Main Street, Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto as celebrant. Burial will follow at a later date.
Memorials may be given in memory of Rev. Mr. Folds to Faith Christian Academy. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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