May 10, 1930 - June 25, 2014
Robert "Bob" Welch was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He attended East High School and graduated with a BA degree from Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, and a MA degree from the University of Iowa. He was the Director of Art for the Muscatine Community Schools for several years until he became interested in the Special Child. He was a Special Education teacher at Crete Illinois and Thornton township High School at Harvey Illinois. He taught several Adult Education classes at the Chicago Teachers College in Illinois. He spent most of his teaching career at Modesto, CA as a Special Education Teacher of a variety of classes at Modesto High School where he retired in 1992 and later moved to Las Vegas, NV.
He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Tokyo Japan in the Joint Chiefs' of Staff Office-Division 5.
During his lifetime he was awarded many honors, including Local Teacher of the year; "Leader of various Masonic Organizations in Iowa". In Modesto he was a Special Education Teacher of the year, by the Exceptional Children's Organization and a past president of Phi Delta Kappa. He was a President of the Las Vegas Rose Garden Club, and the Leader of TOPS NV 00098, Las Vegas, as well as TOPS NV0007, Las Vegas for several years. He was the Nevada TOPS King in 2006.
He is survived by Sisters L. Maxine Weichers, Wanda Hedges, Alice Hamilyn all of Waterloo. Many nieces, nephews, Sister in law - Sharon Walser (Kurt) Modesto, CA.
In 2010 he was preceded in death by Emery Fernow his Domestic Partner of 34 years. His Brother Wayne Welch, Sister Jackie Welch - Myers Nichols.
A ceremonial of life will be held at a later date.
Burial at Fairview Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa.
Published in the Modesto Bee on June 29, 2014