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William Oakes Welman, 81, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013 in his home in Springfield, MO. He was born October 4, 1931 in Kennett, Missouri to Joseph Clarence and Berniece Oakes Welman.
William was a graduate of Kennett High School and received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia and served in the U.S. Army. He joined the law firm of McHaney and McHaney in 1958, practiced law for 47 years in Kennett and retired in 2005 from the firm of Welman, Hively and Godley. After retiring, he moved to Springfield, Missouri to be closer to family. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Kennett, a founding board member of the Kennett Education Foundation serving 10 years and served on the Kennett School Board.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Alice Jane Spencer who died September 3, 1998. They were married December 23, 1955 and celebrated over 47 years of marriage prior to her death.
He is survived by daughter Cynthia Ann (Dr. Richard) Cunningham of Springfield; and Lisa Spencer (M. Craig) Hart, Carthage, MO. A brother Joseph C., Jr. (Martha) Welman, Columbia, MO and five grandchildren Elizabeth (Scott) Wente; Spencer (Donna) Cunningham all of Springfield; Caroline Cunningham, a student at Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, LA.; Matthew Hart, a student at Missouri State University, Springfield; and Lauren Hart, Carthage, MO.
Graveside service will be Friday, January 25, 2013 at 3:00pm in Oak Ridge Cemetery with the Reverend Trevor Dancer officiating under the direction of McDaniel Funeral Service in Kennett, Missouri. A reception following the service will be held at Sissy's (on the square) in Kennett.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kennett Education Foundation, 1417 Nadine Tells Drive, Kennett, Missouri 63857.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader on Jan. 24, 2013