Lawrence Welp(1924-2012)

Lawrence Welp , 88, died October 14th , 2012 in Juneau. He was born March 10, 1924, in Gresham, OR. He arrived in Alaska in 1958 and resided in Petersburg and Sitka before moving to Juneau in 1960. He began working for the U.S. Post Office but switched to the Alaska Electric Light and Power Company, from which he retired in 1989 after 22 years of service. Larry had a big heart and was always helping others. He served on the original board of St Vincent de Paul Society and volunteered there for many years. He also was known for his fondness for "sharing" his bad jokes with anyone who would listen. Larry is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Welp of Juneau; son, Gary Welp of Juneau; daughter, Janine (Steve) Vorderbruggen of Fairbanks; daughter, Laura (Walter) Fertig of Kanab, UT; and grandsons Joe and Tom Vorderbruggen of Fairbanks.He was preceded in death by his parents Regina and Otto Welp, sister Mary Pahl,and brothers Leo, Charles, and Ray. Services were held November 3, 2012 at the Cathedral of the Nativity officiated by Father Pat Casey.

Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15, 2012