William H. "Bud" Welch, 92, of Aledo, IL, died Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Genesis Senior Living Center in Aledo. Graveside and Military Services are 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the New Boston Cemetery. Visitation is 9-10 a.m. prior to services at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Memorials may be made to the Mercer County VFW Post 1571 of which he was a member. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
He was born May 11, 1921 in Mannon, IL to John and Elosia Hampton Welch. Bud married Ruth A. Smith She died June 1, 2008.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II for 6 years and was called back during the Korean War for 18 months. He survived two ships being torpedoed within 24 hours. He was injured, but his records were lost so he received his purple heart many years later.
Bud farmed briefly then managed the Standard Oil Station in Viola before managing the Standard Oil Training Station in Sandwich, IL. He moved to California in 1960, then to Colorado in 1971 to work for the National Park Service, retiring in 1982. He was maintenance manager for 11 Mile Ranch Development after retirement for over 20 years in Lake George, CO, until 2008.
Bud was a dedicated NASCAR fan and enjoyed restoring classic cars, dancing with Ruth and sightseeing in Colorado.
Survivors include one son: Rich (Chris) Smith of Aledo, IL; one daughter: Marie (Steve) Rapp of Big Sky, Montana; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters: Bernadine (Charles) Holton of Moline, IL; Wilma Garrett of Paso Robles, CA; several nieces and nephews.; and many special friends in Colorado
His parents; wife: Ruth; one son: Larry; one sister: Marjorie preceded him in death.
Purple Heart Award from the U.S. Military
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Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 9:00am - 10:00am, Fippinger Funeral Home
Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 10:30am, New Boston Cemetery
New Boston Cemetery