Reverend Roland Welch went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
He was born March 2, 1927 in Raymond Center, Wisconsin to Earle and Lily (Tiegs) Welch. He served his country in the US Army during World War II. In 1947 he entered Concordia Theological Seminary at Springfield, IL. After completing his under-graduate years of study he received calls into the ministry of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to Evangelical Lutheran congregations at Brodhead, WI; Fountain City, WI; Arenzville, IL; Hopkins and Dorr, MI; Bay City, MI and Flint, MI. Finally, after a nine year leave of absence from the Gospel Ministry, during which time he served in the Flint area as a District Representative of Aid Association for Lutherans, he received a semi-retirement call to an Evangelical Lutheran Church at Angleton, TX until his complete retirement in 1994. On June 25, 1950 in Springfield, IL he married Barbara Williams who survives.
Also surviving are their children, Marty (Sandy) Welch of CA, Rick (Joyce) Welch of Otsego, Mary (Bill) Hildebrand of Shelbyville, Leanne (Randy) Rase of Bay City, Jenny (Carl) Heinz of Bay City, Bill (Amy) Welch of Arenzville, IL, Tom (Pam) Welch of Pembroke Pines, FL and Mike Welch and companion Becky Henden of Simpsonville, NC; 23 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sister, Elaine Berglin of Stephenson and sister-in-law, Judy (Harry) Putz of Fountain City, WI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 7 brothers and sisters and by his grandson, Marty Rase.
Friends may visit with Roland’s family from 2-5 P.M. Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the Funeral Service at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church with Pastor Rick Scheibe officiating.
A private family burial will take place at Floral Gardens Cemetery in Bay City.
Contributions in memory of Roland may be made to the “Tommy Welch Tuition Fund MLC” (Martin Luther College).
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com