Joseph Welch


Joseph Edward Welch, 76, of Scipio, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at his residence.

Born October 13, 1939, in Geneva Township, Jennings County, Mr. Welch was the son of the late Clarence Ed and Mary Olive Taylor Welch. He married Bonita Fern Taylor on September 19, 1959 at First Baptist Church in North Vernon. She survives.

Mr. Welch was employed with Cummins Inc., for 31 years, retiring as a welder on March 31, 1990. He had worked part time as a welder for Miller Enterprises and retired from farming. Mr. Welch was a 1957 graduate of North Vernon High School and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in North Vernon and the Jennings County Republican Party. He enjoyed following the stock market, lunch with friends after church on Sunday, attending events at the Park Theatre Civic Centre and reunions of the Vawter Family Association.

He collected mechanical and iron banks. As a woodworker, he had a special talent for making band saw boxes. He dearly loved his family and was proud of their accomplishments.

Survivors include his wife, Bonita F. Welch of Scipio; sons, Anthony Brian Welch, Darren Michael Welch and Alan Wayne (Yu Kyong “Karen”) Welch, all of Indianapolis; grandchildren, William Frederick Welch, Jonathan Andrew Welch and Anna Louise Swenson, all of Indianapolis; and sisters, Janet H. (John) Jones of Scipio and Marylynne Sharp of Seymour.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, David Brent Welch.

Funeral service for Mr. Welch will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services with Bob Ochs and Brother Ricky Persons officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, July 29, 2016, from 4 until 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be at Vernon Cemetery in Vernon.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of Jennings County or Bethel Baptist Church.

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