Richard Allen (Dick) Welding
Alamo, Texas, formerly Sioux City
Richard (Dick) Allen Welding, 88, passed away Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.
Service will be at a later date in Alamo post release of COVID restrictions.
Richard was born June 8, 1932, in Sioux City to Paul Welding and Faith (Strange) Welding. A graduate of Sioux City East High School in 1950, with continued education at Morningside College, and master's study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dick was a U.S. Air Force veteran, who then worked for the Strange Brothers Hide Company and Northwestern Mutual Insurance before he obtaining a position with the Sioux City Stockyards. He then held positions at the Livestock Exchange, Iowa Beef Processors, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Upon his retirement in 1996, he moved to Alamo, Texas.
His family was always the greatest source of pride. He was husband to Leafa Ann Torkelson (1961), and father to Wendy, Wade, Chad, Mark, and Mat, and an ever-present fixture at his children's activities. When it came to golf, Dick and Leafa had all their children involved. Many memories were made by golfing as a family throughout the summers at The Sioux City Boat Club.
After Leafa's unexpected passing in 2000, after 38 years of marriage, Dick remained in Alamo. He then married Nancy Doss. They were married for 16 years, until she passed away in February 2020.
Dick would like to be remembered for his commitment to family, and to the community through philanthropic organizations (Sioux City Blood Bank, Rotary Club, Shriners, Scottish Rights-Masons,). Dick received the honor of the 33rd degree while a member of the Masons.
Richard is survived by his sister Marilyn Brown of Sioux City; and his five children, Wendy Land and friend Dave Chinburg of Prior Lake, Minn., Wade and wife Lynee of Sioux Falls, S.D., Chad and wife Lucia of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Dr. Mark Welding and fiancé Stephanie of Roanoke, Texas, and Matt of Roanoke; two stepchildren, Jeff Doss and wife Kay of San Antonio, Texas, and Jill Donahoe of Kerrville, Texas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife Leafa of 38 years in marriage; his wife Nancy Welding of 16 years of marriage; and parents Paul and Faith Welding.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children-Houston, Texas.