Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Carl J. Folkert

January 4, 1952 - January 5, 2024
Holland, MI



Friday, January 12, 2024
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST
Third Reformed Church
111 W 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423


Saturday, January 13, 2024
10:00 AM EST
Live Stream
Third Reformed Church
111 W 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Third Reformed Church
111 W 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423
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Life Story / Obituary


Carl John Folkert, born January 4, 1952, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on January 5, 2024, due to complications of cancer.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Barbara Koop Folkert; his daughter and daughter-in-law, Kate Folkert and Erin Overmeyer; his daughter and son-in-law, Libby and Matthew McKinley; his son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Sara Folkert; and his five wonderful grandchildren, Asher, Canon, and Alaia Folkert, and Claire and Reece McKinley.

Carl is also survived by his brothers Dave and Jane Folkert and Alan and Judi Folkert, his in-laws, Mary Lynn Arwady, Brian and Cathy Koop, Janet and Roger Brondyke, and many loved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hulda and Irvin Folkert, his father- and mother-in-law, Harvey and Mary Lou Koop, and his nephew, Brett Folkert.

Carl was a graduate of Hamilton High School, a proud alumnus of Hope College, and received his Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary. He was a minister in the Reformed Church in America for 25 years, serving Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, IL, and Covenant Community Church in Hudsonville, MI. He then changed careers and entered the computer world with Macatawa Technologies. He later purchased the home portion of that business and started Black Lake Home Tech.

Carl appreciated and valued his family, and the many people he served in the church and his business over his lifetime.

The Folkert family invites you to join them for a time of visiting on January 12 from 5-8pm at Third Reformed Church (111 W 13th Street, Holland). A celebration of Carl’s life will take place on Saturday, January 13 at 10am, also at Third Reformed Church.

For those who are unable to attend the service in person, a live stream will be available HERE

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Gift, in Carl’s name, can be made to Third Reformed Church: