James Franklin "Frank" Welch, 87, a 52-year resident of Severna Park, died peacefully of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital on April 26. Born August 13, 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland, Frank was the youngest of five brothers and sisters. Frank attended Glen Burnie High School and the Maryland Institute of Art. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II from 1943-1945. Frank was president of Countryside Homes based in Severna Park, building primarily in West Severna Park, Berrywood and Round Bay. He married Marjorie Eleanor Stevens on November 8, 1947. They started their life in Glen Burnie and then moved to Severna Park to raise their three daughters. Frank was a member of the Glen Burnie Rotary Club for over 50 years and was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He had been the head of the Rotary College Scholarship Foundation. He was also a member of the original congregation of Severna Park United Methodist Church. Frank enjoyed playing golf, gardening, watching the Orioles and Ravens, but most of all being with his children, and nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie; three daughters; Cheryl L. Hancock and Woodrow S. Hancock, Gail L. Curtis, Carol A. Washington and Keith Washington; nine grandchildren; Kristen Hancock Shoemaker, Lauren Hancock Holbrook, Erin Hancock Haneline, Kaitlin Hancock Rose, James Michael Curtis, Benjamin Adam Curtis, Kelly Lynn Washington, Bryan Wayne Washington and John Franklin Washington. Family and friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, April 29, at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, at Severna Park United Methodist Church. Interment at Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery in Millersville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis MD 21401 or to the Glen Burnie Rotary Club College Scholarship Fund, 6710-F Ritchie Hwy, #442, Glen Burnie, MD 21061. Online Condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Apr. 28, 2013