Floyd L. Welch, 87, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on Sunday, May 17, 2009.
Floyd was born in Kingsford, MI, on May 20, 1921, to Leo and Margaret (nee: Difatte) Welch. He served in the United States Marine during WWII. Floyd married Eleanor Tribble on June 18, 1946, at Atonement Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on October 18, 2002. He was employed at Western Publishing where he met his wife. He then worked as a Pressman for the Journal Times until his retirement. He was a member of the UAW. Floyd enjoyed fishing, traveling to his place in Coleman and spending time with his family. He was extremely gifted in carpentry, electrical and plumbing and was completely self-taught. Floyd lived in the family home, which he built entirely with his own hands.
Floyd is survived by his sons, Norman Welch, Gary Welch and Jay Welch; sister in law, Beverly A. Welch; nieces, Sandy Tomlinson and Debbie Welch; nephews, Bryan Mueller and Greg Mueller; and special great-nephew and great-niece, Nicholas and Anneliese Tomlinson. He is also survived by other relatives and friends. Floyd was preceded in death by his brothers, Norman and Donald Welch; and sister, Verna Mueller.
Funeral services for Floyd will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2915 Wright Ave., on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Warren Williams officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Atonement Lutheran Church have been suggested.
The family would like to thank Rev. Warren Williams, Pastor Denise and Parish Nurse Joanie for all of their support at such a difficult time. They would also like to thank Floyd’s special friend, Marrianne Bigalk, for her caring friendship.
Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000