Gainesville - Isaac Talbot Welch, 68, died at home on July 10, following a three year battle with cancer. He was born on April 7, 1946 to Barrett and Irene Welch in Utica, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he moved to Florida. Ike went on to earn his MLS from Florida State University. He worked for the Alachua County Library District for 33 years and was the Tower Road Branch Manager at the time of his retirement.

Ike enjoyed bicycling, snow skiing, and hiking in national parks. He was an avid reader and loved traveling with his family. He was an active member of the Baha'i community. Ike was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Bertha Andrews. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary. Their children are Gregory Welch (Nastassia) of Gainesville, Laura Welch of Austin, Texas, and Adam Welch of Seattle, WA. His surviving sisters are Mary Camp of Monticello, GA and Clara Mae Van Brink of Canton, GA. He also leaves behind four grandchildren and a very loyal Labrador retriever.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM on July 16 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Father Jeff McGowan. Burial will be at St. Madeleine's Memorial Garden. The family wishes to convey their appreciation to the dedicated and caring staff of Haven Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Haven Hospice.

Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-376-5361.

Funeral Home

Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. of Gainesville
311 South Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601-1803
(800) 433-5361

Published in Gainesville Sun from July 12 to July 14, 2014