Gary R. Welsh
November 30, 1962 - May 1, 2016. Well known attorney and political blogger Gary Ray Welsh, 53, of Indianapolis, Indiana pass away Sunday May 1, 2016 at his residence in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on November 30, 1962 to Ray A. and Beverly J. Welsh.
He is survived by his mother Beverly Welsh, brothers David Welsh (Karen), Terry Welsh (Lisa), sisters Debbie Hoopingarner (Bob), Janet Eitel (Fred) all of Marshall, Illinois; and special friend Michael Litmer. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Ray A. Welsh, and nephews Joshua D. Welsh and Brett Eitel.
Gary grew up on his family's farm in rural Marshall, Illinois, graduating from Marshall High School in 1980.
Welsh attended Eastern Illinois University where he earned a Bechelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in 1984, and later attended Indiana University School Of Law - Indianapolis, earning a Juris Doctorate degree (magna cum laude) in 1993.
Welsh maintained a private law practice in Indianapolis from October 1993 to present, and was associated with the law firm of Bingham Summers Welsh and Spellman for five years (1993 - 1998) where he provided general business and government relations services.
Welsh served as General Counsel for Novanis, an information technology company in Carmel, Indiana from 1998 - 2002.
Prior to practicing law, Gary worked for the Illinois General Assembly where he served six years as an assistant to Illinois House Republican Leader Lee A. Daniels, and staffed the House Revenue Committee.
Welsh was a member of the Indiana Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association and served as Province President for the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity for the State of Indiana.
He was a member of the Lockerbie People's Club, and served on the board of the Lockerbie Glove Condominimum Association. He was an elected precinct committeeman for the Marion County Republican Party in Center Township.
Welsh was the author of a popular political blog, "Advance Indiana" which started as a pastime, but quickly became his passion, attracting thousands of followers.
Visitation will be at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. 3rd St., West Terre Haute on Thursday May 5, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST with a Celebration of Life immediately following at 6:00 p.m. EST. Private burial will be in Dunlap Cemetery. The family suggests that if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Armstrong United Methodist Church or the Dunlap Cemetery Association, or the Terre Haute Humane Society with envelopes available in the funeral home.
Published in The Indianapolis Star on May 4, 2016.