Milo Folley Jr., 75, dies


Lexington, KY — Milo D. Folley Jr., 75, of Nicholasville, Ky., died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Oct. 5, 2018.

Mr. Folley was a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He had returned to Syracuse to study for his master’s when a friend introduced him to Marcia. It was the 1960s and her beautiful, long, strawberry-blonde hair and miniskirt caught his eye and they never looked back.

Upon moving to Kentucky from Syracuse, N.Y., in 1969, Mr. Folley worked as an associate editor and photographer for The Horseman And Fair World, where he won multiple writing awards, while he and his wife were fixtures at The Red Mile.

When their daughter, Brooke Folley (Counts) was born, Mr. Folley took a position at Almahurst Farm, which was expanding its bloodstock operations. Later he joined his wife’s new company, Classic Insurance. While raising their daughter, Milo and Marcia worked together insuring horses, farms, then police dogs. Classic Insurance wrote the first, and only, insurance program in the country to protect police, military, and service dogs.

Milo, Marcia, and Brooke spent many weekends traveling the country showing their hall-of-fame Vizsla dogs.

Mr. Folley also loved building furniture, working outdoors, and never missed the opportunity to tell a good joke. He basked in each of his roles, from husband, to Dad, and finally as Papa, when his granddaughter, Lauren, was born.

Mr. Folley was preceded in death by his parents, Milo Folley Sr., a prominent architect, and Ruth Folley of Liverpool, N.Y., and will be remembered and loved by his wife of 49 years, Marcia; daughter, Brooke (Chris) Counts; granddaughter, Lauren Counts; and his brothers, Marc (Charlene), Craig (Carole, who preceded Milo in death), Cris (Kathy) and Erik (Tracie) and their families.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday (Oct. 13), from 3-6 p.m. at Milward Funeral Home, 391 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends and Vets Helping Pets, P.O. Box 910117, Lexington, KY 40591, or online at

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