FARMINGTON - Ivan "Ike" S. Welker, 90, of Farmington passed away at 4:34 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at his home.
He was born in Farmington on March 21, 1924, to Roy A. and Vera (Gooding) Welker. He has been with his wife, Linda, for 38 years. They were married in Buffalo, Mo., on Sept. 23, 1993. She survives.
Also surviving are two children, Paula (Ray) Martinez of Sugar Grove, Ill., and Terry (Maysha) Carlson of Hobart, Ind.; four grandchildren, Adam, Marissa, Kyle and Braydon; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Nathan and Brycen; one sister, Norma Jean Stevens of Gary, Ind.; several nieces and nephews, including one special nephew, Kenny G. Welker; and many cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Robert and Eldon; and one sister, Audrey Vaughn.
Ike worked at the local coal mines and then was a mechanic for Ray's Auto in Aurora for many years until his retirement.
He was a member of Loyal Order of the Moose 1571 and American Legion Post 140, both in Farmington. He was also a lifetime member of Peoria Amvets Post 64 and Hanna City Sportsman's Club.
Ike served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a First Sergeant, receiving several honors, including the Purple Heart.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, June 10, 2014, at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Uniontown Cemetery in rural Knox County.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
To view Ike's memorial DVD or to send online condolences, please visit www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.