Edgar L. Welch, 94, of Viola, Illinois, went to heaven on Monday, March 16, 2015. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 21 st , with visitation from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., at Dennison Funeral Home, Viola. Burial will be in Viola Cemetery with graveside military rites. Memorials may be left for American Cancer Society.
Edgar was born October 12, 1920 in Macon, Missouri a son of Edgar R. and Letha Lucas Welch. He married Pauline Howard on July 11, 1942 in Moberly, Missouri. In 1962, he married Ruby Prescott in Rock Island. Edgar and his first wife, Pauline, remarried on June 11, 1978. She died Feb. 16, 1998.
He served in the United States Army from 1942-1945. Mr. Welch worked heavy construction out of Laborers Union 309. He was a minister for 10 years, pastoring churches in Iowa and Missouri. He was a member of the Alpha Baptist Church.
Survivors include his children: Gary L. Welch, Interlachen, FL, Carolyn Weikert, Interlachen, FL, Rex Welch, Arizona, Roxy Shissler, Monmouth, IL, Joey Welch, Orion, IL, Kenneth Welch, Rock Island, IL, Leatha Chapdelaine, Rock Island, IL and Shirley Welch, Rock Island, IL; 11 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren; and siblings: Floyd Welch, Fort Madison, IA, Alice O’Donnell, Plainview, TX and Alfred Welch, Council Bluffs, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 2 infant sons: Randy and Michael and siblings: Helen Vickrey and Jewel Carriger.
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