Rev. Roland W. Welch

Rev. Roland W. Welch

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).

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  1. Jim Choals says:

    Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I just lost my Dad in August so I know what you are going through. My thought and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Kim Christman says:


    Sorry to hear about your Dad.
    I pray that God will strength you and your family at this time.

    Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Your Friend,

  3. Arden & Helen Pedit says:

    Dear Barb and Family, We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Roland. He was a kind and thoughtful man. He will be missed greatly but his suffering is now over and he can rejoice with his Lord. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.
    Helen Arden.

  4. Laura (Jankens) Peil says:

    Many fond memories of Pastor Welch from my childhood, when he was pastor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Bay City. May your families find peace in knowing that Pastor Welch rests in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

  5. Patricia Flaherty says:

    Mary, I am so sorry to hear that your father passed away. I know what a terrible loss that is for you and can only imagine how much you will miss him. He sounds like a wonderful person!
    I miss not being able to see you on a regular basis. I always enjoyed working with you, your personality and your great sense of humor.
    Both of my parents passed away just a few months ago, so I know what you must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I miss you!

  6. Robin Ballard says:

    Mary, so sad to hear about your dad. Praying that God wrap his arms around you and your family as you say your goodbye. Miss you!


  7. Rich & Rena Ahrens says:

    So happy for your Dad, Bill and Marty. He finally got his wish. Even though you will miss him remember the good times you had with him and the good times you will have in heaven.

  8. Mick and Becky says:

    Dad, we already miss you so much but are blessed to always be able to say you’re dad. Thank you for being such a positive influence in so many people’s lives. We will always be thinking of you and love you!! RIP!!

  9. Denny and Cindy Mills says:

    Our sincere sympathies to all of you. Praying for peace and comfort…..

  10. Earl & Gloria Dietlein says:

    Barb and family

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We will always be grateful for the time he spent with us. His love for the Savior was always so evident. and he taught us so much.

  11. Earl & Gloria Dietlein says:

    So sorry to hear that Pastor Welch has passed away. He taught us so much We will never forget his teaching and his love for our Savior which was ao evident!

  12. Doug & Gail Anderson says:

    Sympathies to each of you. The loss of such a giving, caring man will be hard. Keeping you in our prayers. May it give you peace to know he is with our Lord.

  13. Kathy Morris says:

    My Dear Friend Mary, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. My heart goes out to you as I know how so very close you were with him. I’m certain he is smiling down on you with much love and gratitude for taking such wonderful care of him, you are a wonderful daughter to your parents and remember they are never gone, they live on in our hearts forever!

    Blessings to you and your family–Kathy Morris

  14. Maxine Myers says:

    Jenny Heinz and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  15. Bethany Welch says:

    Aunt Barb and family: I am Dale’s daughter (Dale is Harley’s youngest). Our family extends our prayers and love to you in the loss of Uncle Bud. We’ll never forget his kindness and his great love for God and family.

  16. Dave & Debi says:

    Mary, Bill & family … So sorry to hear about Pastor Welch difficult thing to go through. Thoughts and Prayers to all. Find comfort in knowing he is in his final resting place.

  17. Dennis and Beth Dishaw says:

    Dearest Welch family, We were so sad to hear of Pastor passing. He was a wonderful man and an inspiration to everyone. His love of God always shined through. Tears turned to tears of joy knowing he is home with our beloved Lord. We loved him dearly as we do his family. God bless you all through this sad time. Our prayers and love are with you.

  18. Ken & Susie Austin says:

    Marty & Sandy,
    We are sad to hear of the passing of your father. He had a great family & left an impressive legacy. Our sympathies Ken & Suie.

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