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William Bishop "Billy" Welch

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William Bishop "Billy" Welch

AGE: 71 • Newark

William Bishop "Billy" Welch, age 71, of Newark, DE, passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015. Bill proudly served his country in the US Army in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He was wounded three times and received three Purple Hearts. Bill returned to Vietnam in 2011 with other Purple Heart recipients. He was a lifetime member of the Atterbury VFW. Bill was proud to be one of the founding members of the Veterans Advisory Council at the VA Hospital. He retired from GM after 36 years. Bill enjoyed listening to music - especially classic Rock and the Blues, collecting, classic cars, traveling and spending time with his family. He never met a stranger and enjoyed conversations with anyone.

Bill is survived by his wife, Maria; daughter, Mary Welch; 2 stepsons, Joseph Grovola and Peter Grovola; 3 grandchildren: Carol Welch, Dorinda Welch, and Nicholas Grovola; 1 great grandson, Santino Grovola; brother, Gary ; and sister, Norma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Welch and Elizabeth Wyre; brother, James; and sister, Elizabeth.

A visitation will be held Friday, December 11, 2014 from 5:30- 7 PM in the Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Rd., Newark, DE 19702 followed by a service in celebration of Bill's life at 7 PM. Burial will be private. For directions or to send an online condolence visit

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Published in The News Journal from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2015
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