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Wilburn E. Welch

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Wilburn E. Welch Obituary
BARRY, Ill. -- Mr. Wilburn E. Welch, 79, of Barry, died at 10:15 p.m. Thursday (April 10, 2014) in the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

He was born Nov. 3, 1934, in Kirksville, Mo., to Dr. Paul and Frances (Dunn) Welch. They preceded him in death. He married Nicole E. Kibler on Feb. 15, 1958, in Peoria. She died May 18, 2002.

Wilburn was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pittsfield. He worked as a timekeeper for the Burlington Northern Railroad for 41 years. He served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army for six years, in the 116th at Fort Lewis and the 9899th Engineer Unit in Peoria. He was a member of Barry American Legion Post 222 and the Catholic War Veterans.

He is survived by three sons, Mark K. Welch and his wife, Lisa, of Barry, Craig C. Welch and his wife, Lisa, of Barry, and Eric Welch and his wife, Anna, of Barry. He is also survived by three grandsons, Kyle Mooney of Macomb, Phillip Welch and his wife, Heidi, of Grand Canyon, Ariz., and Paul Welch of Springfield, Ill.; three granddaughters, Erica Welch of Mount Sterling, Emily Barnett and her husband, Jonathan, of Springfield, and Dominique Welch of Barry; two great-granddaughters, Odette Welch of Grand Canyon, and Madeline Welch of Springfield; one great-grandson, Sawyer Welch of Grand Canyon,Ariz.; one sister, Carolyn Close of Peoria; one brother, James Close and his wife, Phyliss, of Peoria; one sister-in-law, Brigitte Helzer and her husband, John, of Winooski, Vt.; and three nieces and two nephews.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Tuesday funeral Mass in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pittsfield. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery, Barry.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the Kirgan Funeral Home, Barry, with a rosary service at 4 p.m.

MEMORIALS: Barry American Legion Post 222.

ARRANGEMENTS: Kirgan Funeral Home, Barry.

WEBSITE: www.kirganfh.com.

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Apr. 13 to Apr. 16, 2014
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