Gary R. Welsh
1962 - 2016
Fitzpatrick Funeral Home
220 N 3Rd St
West Terre Haute, IN
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 by The Indianapolis Star on May 4, 2016.
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I read Gary's blog avidly since he started writing in 2005 and I still read it frequently two years after he is gone. He was my friend, mentor, and valued ally. The work he did was and always will be of great value. His passing on does not diminish that at all. Goodbye, Gary! Till we meet again!
Art Swanson
May 14, 2018
Gary was such a valued voice in Indianapolis and his family is in my thoughts and prayers. He created a blog that was followed by people of all ranks. His passion showed in his work and he will be missed.
Ellen D
May 30, 2016
Rest in peace
edie blue
May 15, 2016
We at SmythRadio send our deepest sympathies to the Welsh family and friends.
God bless.

Brian P. Smyth
Brian Smyth
May 13, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Gary. I'm sorry I wasn't there with Tim at this time.
Lisa Day
May 7, 2016
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Bonnie/Thad Martin
May 5, 2016
All my best to Gary's friends and family. I only knew him through his blog, which I will greatly miss. I hope he has found peace.
Jessica W
May 5, 2016
Gary was a friend and had acted as my lawyer. He was highly intelligent an an excellent lawyer. Many of us will miss him.
greg wright
May 4, 2016
You changed my thinking on some things more than once. So long friend.
Will Huiras
May 4, 2016
I wish you peace Gary.. You have been an inspiration to me for years.
Nancy Karlson
May 4, 2016
So very sorry to learn of the passing of Gary.
Gary was a valuable, respected and trusted member of the Illinois House Republican staff.
All the staff and elected members of the house were privileged to know him and serve with him.
He will be missed and we are grateful for his service.
Lee Daniels
Former Illinois House Republican Leader
Lee Daniels
May 4, 2016
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