David Lee Folk, 92, of Junction City, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at his residence. Lee was born on August 19, 1928 in Perry County, to the late Russell M. and Opal O. (King) Folk. A 1946 graduate of Junction City High School, Lee earned a degree from The Ohio State University’s College of Agriculture in 1950. In the fall of 1950, he started the Vo-Ag FFA program at New Washington in Crawford County. The following year he came home to Junction City to be the Principal and Vo-Ag FFA teacher. He continued teaching for 33 years in the Junction City and later New Lexington School District. Starting in 1983, until 2000 when he retired, he became a teaching consultant for the Farm Business Planning and Analysis program at Tri-County Adult Education in Nelsonville serving farmers in Hocking and Perry Counties. Lee spent a total of 50 years in education. Lee was a lifetime farmer, an old tractor enthusiast and also enjoyed trapshooting, coon and muzzle loader hunting; District Supervisor for Perry County Soil and Water District; served as a Jackson Township Trustee; lifetime member and one of the founders of the New Lexington FFA Alumni, which was named number one in the nation for three consecutive years under his leadership; member of the Perry County Antique Tractor Club; served as a state officer of the Ohio Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association; named Outstanding Teacher by the OVATA; received the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1982 by the Ohio FFA Alumni and earned the Honorary State and American FFA Degrees. Lee was instrumental in developing young students in the Vo-Ag and Future Farmers of America program at Junction City and New Lexington Schools. Several of his students won numerous contests and earned many awards and degrees at the State and National level. Lee is survived by his wife DeLee of 70 years; sons and daughter, Dick (Teresa) Folk, Derrie (Roger) Davis, Daryl (Lisa) Folk, and Daryn Folk (Andrea Hamler), all of Junction City; nine grandchildren, Tera Binkley, Dana Solomon, Tami Clune, Brooke Finck, Ross Davis, Brandon Folk, Keeley Reese, Rylee Folk, and Lauren Folk; and 13 great grandchildren. The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice of Central Ohio for the love and care of Lee. Private services and burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Junction City, Ohio. The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to New Lexington FFA, 2549 Panther Drive, New Lexington, Ohio 43764; Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058, or to Mt. Zion U.B. Church, 2965 Toll Gate Rd., Junction City, Ohio 43748. Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset is entrusted with the arrangements. www.bopethomasfuneralhome.com
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