JOHN G. WELDY, JR 4/16/2013 John Weldy, 86, passed away on April 16, 2013, due to complications from dementia. John was born in Reedley, CA, and was raised in South Gate. He entered the Navy during WWII and after discharge, went looking for a place to make his mark on the world. He managed a grocery store in Los Angeles and on the weekends he and some friends decided to visit the Mojave Desert where they ended up homesteading property in south Apple Valley on Round Up Way. John joined the Elk's Lodge as a way to network, and it's there he met the love of his life, Patricia Johnson. John and Pat were married in July, 1953. On his trips to Apple Valley, John would stop in at the Ranch Market on Bear Valley and Central roads for supplies. In about 1956 the Ranch Market was for sale, so John and Pat took a chance and purchased the business, opening Weldy's Market - the first of three locations. The original Weldy's Market was so small it gained the nickname "the excuse me market", and in 1961 Weldy's Market moved into the Village Square in the Village of Apple Valley. Apple Valley finally had its first supermarket. John sold the business in 1969 and again looked for the next place to make his mark on the world. In the early 1970's John met with Lenny Brewster to discuss investing in real estate, which resulted in a long friendship and partnership between them. Throughout his life in Apple Valley, John was an integral part of the community, serving on the Apple Valley Elementary School Board, donating to local charities and youth causes including the Ferrarese Foundation scholarship fund. John served on the community committee that ultimately collected enough funds to design and build the Newton T. Bass football stadium in front of Apple Valley High School. John, Lenny and a group of committed property owners in north Apple Valley started another grassroots effort to garner enough property owner support to create an assessment district around the "new airport" to build a backbone water system - which became the Apple Valley County Water District. John and Pat enjoyed family and friends above all else, regularly entertaining and hosting parties & events their home. One of the most memorable events was the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce fundraiser, "Hollywood Nights" complete with the Hollywood sign on the hill in front of the house. John and Pat set an example for giving back to the community that they loved. John asked that a special acknowledgement of the Sundowner's be included here (...thanks for the memories). John was preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia and is survived by his son John III and his wife Rebecca, son Scott and his wife Kim, grandsons John IV and Alex, and great grandson John V, sister Rosalie and her husband Dick Ham. A celebration of life for John & Pat will be held at Sunset Hills Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM, with a reception on the patio to follow.
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Published in the Daily Press from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2013