Irvan Welch

05/07/1924 - 02/01/2014 Obituary
Irvan Welch Obituary
Irvan A. Welch was born May 7th, 1924, in Dexter, New Mexico. He was the oldest son of Irvan and Ada Welch, with brothers Irl and Ray. Irvan was surrounded by family as he peacefully left this earth on Saturday, February 1st.
He was a veteran of the USMC, serving during WWII as a radioman/gunner in a B25 bomber that was assigned to special intelligence missions in the South Pacific. He then returned home to Clifton, Arizona to marry the love of his life, Naomi, and began a career in electronics and electrical power distribution.
Irvan and Naomi moved from Arizona to Long Beach, CA in 1947, where he worked for California Edison. In 1957, they moved to Bakersfield with Shell Oil, where he was responsible for the installation of the first electronic controls on the Shell pipeline in the Central Valley. His career took him to Libya, Japan, Indonesia, and Peru before returning to the United States. He enjoyed working so much that he continued to do so until his 80th birthday.
Irvan enjoyed fishing, hiking, water skiing, gardening, and travelling throughout the world with his family. He was the most caring and giving person who could never meet a stranger. He always enjoyed having family and friends over for dinner and reminded everyone daily how much he truly loved them.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Naomi, three daughters Linda Etchechury (James), Sandy Pryor (Steven), Teresa Soderstrom (Charles), son John Welch, daughter-in-law Karen Welch, seven grand-children, eight great grand-children, brother Ray Welch, and many nieces and nephews. Irvan was preceded in death by his son Thomas, infant daughter Mary Suzzanne, parents, and brother Irl.
He constantly praised his medical support team including Dr. Tommy Lee, Dr. Edward Nichols, Dr. Harold Baer, and Trever Williams PA-C. We are forever grateful for their compassionate care and support over the years.
Services will be held Friday February 7th at 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 900 H St., Bakersfield, CA 93304. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the .
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 5, 2014
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