Donald L. Welch, 72, of rural Moran, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at his home.
Don was born July 23, 1938, at St. John's Hospital in Iola, Kan., the son of Lloyd L. "Tock" and Ruth V. (Adams) Welch.
He grew up on the family farm south of Moran, and graduated from Moran Rural High School in 1956.
Don graduated from Allen County Junior College and received his bachelor's degree in industrial education with a minor in math from Pittsburg State University.
He taught math for two years at Royster Junior High School in Chanute, Kansas, before farming full time and raising livestock.
On July 26, 1959, Don married Judith A. Ensminger at the Moran United Methodist Church. They have made their home on the farm at Moran most of their married lives.
Don was a member of the Moran United Methodist Church and Marmaton Lodge No. 245 at Moran.
He enjoyed his cattle, horses, dogs -- and possibly one cat!
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Judy Welch of the home; three children, Karol Pock and her husband Rick, of Emporia, Kan.; Kristi Hartman and her husband Gene, of Moran, Kan.; and Kelly Welch and his wife Tara, of Baldwin, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Nick Henry, Ryan Henry, Amanda Crowell and husband Dusty, Clint Pock, Jaci Littrell and husband Brant, Julie Hartman and fiancee Kody Heskett, Jill Hartman and Kate, Dan, and Selene Welch; three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Caleigh, and Rylan Crowell; and one brother, Bob Welch and his wife Cheryl of Moran, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at the Moran United Methodist Church. Pastor David Shrum will officiate.
Burial will be in the Moran Cemetery, Moran, Kan.
Memorials can be made to the Moran United Methodist Church or Allen County Hospice and may be left with the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola, which is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.