Warren Welker

DENISON - Warren J. Welker, age 92, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Stone Brook Assisted Living in Denison, Texas. He was born on October 11, 1920, in Seneca, Missouri, to Clarence Jack and Edith Norris Welker. After graduating from Seneca High School, he married Ann Louise Lallky on April 12, 1940, in Girard, Kansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941, serving in Belgium and the Aleutian Islands during World War II, until his discharge in 1945. Soon after his discharge, he and Louise moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, working over 32 years and retiring as District Engineer in 1978.

Warren and Louise moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas, where they enjoyed golfing, camping, Razorback sports and the beauty of the Ozarks. They became involved with the beginning of the Bella Vista Church of Christ, where they served and enjoyed many years of fellowship. After 58 years of marriage, Louise passed away while living in Van Alstyne, Texas. Warren soon moved back to Bella Vista to golf, and he once again become involved with his church. He remarried a good friend of many years, Clara Dean Rorabaugh, and they enjoyed nine years of Razorback basketball, short road trips, and church activities. After Clara Dean's passing in 2007, Warren moved back to Texas to be closer to family.

Warren was preceded in death by wife, Ann Louise Welker, wife, Clara Dean Welker, his parents, two sisters, Zelpha Patton and Margie Clampitt, and a brother, Calvin Welker.

He is survived by sons, Larry Welker and wife, Donna of Owasso, Oklahoma; Jack Welker and wife, Linda of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a daughter, Gretchen Renne and husband, Larry of Van Alstyne, Texas; five grandchildren, Mark Welker of Tulsa; Jodi Hough of Howe, Texas; Jenny Bien of Chandler, Texas; Tiffany O'Donnell of Bixby, Oklahoma; and Amber Fairless of Dallas, Texas; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a brother, Norris J. Welker of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A celebration of Warren's life will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 11 a.m., at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas. Family visitation will be held preceding the services from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Cannon Cemetery, east of Van Alstyne. The register book can be signed online at waldofuneralhome.com.

"Be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you." I Sam. 12:24

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Published in The Herald Democrat on Feb. 4, 2013