PEORIA - Francis "Harold" Welsh, 92, of Peoria passed away at 12:56 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist Emergency Room.
Harold was born on Feb. 3, 1922, in Adams County, Liberty Township, Ill., to Elmer J. and Mary Ellen (Henderson) Welsh. He married Virginia M. Nickels on Nov. 15, 1952, at St. John Catholic Church in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Richard (Tina) Welsh of Bartonville and Michael (Jennifer) Welsh of Peoria; five grandchildren, Rachael, Jessica, Adam, Holly and Henry; his sister-in-law, Joan Kamin of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dale Welsh, who died in a prisoner of war camp during World War II; and his brother-in-law, James Kamin.
Harold was a World War II Army veteran, serving in Europe and attaining the rank of corporal.
He began his career as an auditor at Standard Oil Co., where he worked for 30 years. He later worked for the Peoria County Treasurer's Office as a clerk for 10 years.
Harold was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, where he volunteered and was active in its Men's Club. He was also a member of the Catholic Dartball League and the St. Vincent de Paul Society and was a Third Degree Honorary lifetime member of Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council 4333.
A funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at St. Mark Catholic Church. Msgr. Brian Brownsey will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, July 30, 2014, also at the church. An additional visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church or the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.