RICHARD D. WELCH
Richard D. Welch, age 74 of West Concord, died on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at the VA Medical Center, Minneapolis.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, West Concord on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 11 a.m. with Father Kurt Farrell officiating. Interment will be held at the Riverside Cemetery with veteran's military rites provided by the American Legion Post 149, Morristown.
A memorial visitation will be held in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Friday, May 14, 2010 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Richard D. Welch died the death. He was born to Melvin R. and Catherine (Dunn) Welch, in Mondovi, Wis. on Dec. 6, 1935. At one year of age, he moved with his parents to Morristown where he attended school K - 12. He participated in football and basketball while in high school. He joined the U.S.A.F. in 1954 and after completing basic training and air police school, he was sent to England where he served the rest of his military duty. After being discharged, he matriculated at Mankato State College, the "Harvard of the Midwest." Upon his mid-year graduation with a B.S. degree in Social Sciences, he moved to California where he finished the year teaching sixth grade. He taught seventh-grade English and history the following year. Upon returning to Minnesota, he enrolled in Mankato State where he completed a B. A. degree in English. He accepted a teaching position in high school English and Social Studies for three years at Byron High School. He also served as assistant football coach and drama director.
After Byron, he taught eighth-grade English and American history in the Faribault School District. In the summers before and after Faribault, he earned a Master's Degree from Mankato State in school administration and upon graduation accepted a high school principal's position in West Concord. After serving for two years as its principal, he returned to Byron where he was high school principal for five years. He then left the educational profession and joined The New York Life as an agent for 29 years until retirement.
While at Byron he served one year on the city council and a three-year term on the Byron school board.
Richard married Louise Gillen on February 2, 1973 in St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Faribault.
Mr. Welch and his family moved to West Concord in 1979.
Welch served for seven years on the Triton School Board from which he was expunged due to uproarious behavior which incurred the additional expenses of a deputy sheriff hired to maintain peace.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; four children, Anne Catherine Welch of Minneapolis, Melvin R. (and Gwendolyn) Welch, esq. of St. Paul, Henry D. Welch, M.D. of Botswana, Africa, and Maria Rose Welch of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, Samuel Isaac and William Henry Welch; four sisters, Margaret (and Bob) Lewis of Cannon City, Diane Johnson of Minneapolis, Helen (and Dick) Steinhaus of Woodbridge, IL, and Ruth Ann Burke of Hebron, IN.
He was preceded in death by one infant child, his parents, his stepfather, Chester Meschke and two sisters, Alice and Marian Welch.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you designate Sparrow Village in South Africa, an AIDS/HIV ministry, or a charity of your choice.
One of Dick's younger sisters, Helen, was a dear classmate of mine at school in Morristown. I mostly remember Dick playing center on our high school's basketball team and how exciting those games were! He was the proverbial "tall, dark and handsome" and I, also being very tall, had a bit of a crush on him, but I don't believe anyone knew that. He seemed extra mischievous, almost as if he enjoyed making trouble and I wondered if that was an outlet for an only son living with many sisters? I remember enjoying my visits with Helen in their very neat home and the wonderful laugh their Mother had. It was great to read about Dick's fine family and all his achievements since leaving high school. My sincere sympathy to all Dick's family, Sue Kaestner, Houston, Texas
The year was 1967. I was a new student that fall at Faribault Jr. High (8th grade) coming from Medford. I was already scared to death and then I had Dick Welch for a teacher!! He yelled at our class every day, and we were good kids, no troublemakers. We were so tense in his class, we were afraid to move! He would embarrass us and make girls cry and run from the room. I got yelled at for reading a report too fast. One day he asked me to stay after class for a minute, I'm thinking what did I do? He wanted to know why his classes were so easy for me, I was getting all A's. I told him that I had already had this material at Medford in the 6th grade. He laughed and let me go. Anyway, I never forgot Mr. Welch and it was interesting reading about his life and the other comments. I knew he was originally from Morristown (his mother was the Justice of the Peace there and married many couples, including John and I in 1975) and a few years ago we were there and asked the locals if they knew him, and they told us he was downtown right now, so we went quick to find him, but he had left. I was disappointed that I didn't get to reconnect with him. I'll always remember him with good thoughts as I am sure many will. His family has my deepest sympathy, Annette Emory, Lakeville.
RDW and I started teaching in the great town of Byron. Dick and I became very close friends and colleagues. A fellow English teacher, Dick and I went through four great years together, teaching some of the finest young people in the state! We laughed and cried togethe, with the best faculty in the Wasioja conference. Those were good times. Hard work by us professionals, from Bob Schmaulzbauer to Don Smidt. Dick worked hard as a dedicated teacher, comunicating well with the students in ALL respects. Ah yes! Richard loved discipline. Oh did he love disciple! Ask Dave Grande!! Dave with or without Dick's influence is a fine contributing citizen with a wonderful wife and a great family. I could ramble on and on, as Dick would oftentimes do. Dick you did well!! God Bless you!! Joe Kacheroski
Dick believed in a strong education, he was a scholar, an educated man. He enjoyed reading...any newspaper, and subscribed to several. He liked National Geographic, and anything related to history, in books, on T.V., and was an avid listener of the news channels. Dick loved to debate, esp. politics. He let it be known that he was a staunch Republican! He always ended the conversation with his point of view which was in his opinion the right point of view! He was great at “lighting a fire” during his debates, and proud of those who stood up to their beliefs and opinions. Dick was proud of his children and acknowledged their skills and accomplishments; of the pride in his voice when he said “how many fathers can say they have their own chef, lawyer, physician, and pianist in the family” …how he bragged about them. Dick also bragged about his wife, Louise, how he felt she deserved better, how she fussed over him, how difficult it was for him to acknowledge how important she was to him in his life. He liked to go out and drive and visit to make the local rounds especially to Morristown. He would eat breakfast at the café in West Concord or Wimpy’s in Fairibault or the VFW in Morristown. Never a trip to Morristown without stopping at Archies; or coffee and pie at Truckers Inn at Fairibault as well. He was well known to the locals including the local authority. There wasn’t a place he went where he didn’t know someone or someone didn’t know him. One of the proudest moments in his life was when his first grandchild Sam was born. He was ready to die but wanted to live long enough to see the birth of his second grandchild, William Henry born a year ago. He never stopped learning, when his mobility declined and he could no longer drive, he imbibed in online shopping, the internet, cell phones, adapting to the changes of life around him. Dick, I will miss you, my friend.
It is with sadness that we learned of Dicky's,( as we called him) passing. Elaine and I attended Morristown High School and knew him as a fellow classmate. We felt he was not treated fairly at times, and felt sorry for him. Our hearts went out for him. It is with pride that we read of his many accomplishments in life. His eagerness and many challenges in life made for the strong character that he portrayed in his later life. Our love and sympathy goes out to his immediate family as well as to his sisters and other family members. We feel close to Dicky and his family as we knew him in his younger years , as well as his mother and father, and his siblings. We pray the Holy Spirit will comfort the family at this difficult time. God loves you!
"Richard" was truly a legend in his own time. We were privileged to have known him as our friend.
I attended Morristown High School and was a classmate of Dick. I am so proud to read about all of his accomplishments throughout life. Things were quite ddifficult for him during the high school years. I send my condolances to his wife and family. We also attended the same church in Morristown and knew his sisters well. Our sympathy goes out to each of you.
Dick was my uncle and my Godfather . I will always remember how tall and intimidating he was but a kind man at heart. I use to spend a lot of my summers with Dick and Louise and the kids as a child, they were some of the best summers I had, always welcome and loving. I will remember him always. Rest in peace Uncle.
Mr. Welch was my high school english teacher and directed our Junior class play "Our Town" which was a great success. I especially remember him there and his stress about how it would come off. Much of this was due to my memorizing all the pages of script that the Stage Manager had to learn in that play. I remember learning the last paragraph the night before dress rehearsal. Mr. Welch did a great job with that play and especially in his teaching in the classroom. Thank you Dick. Merlin Cordes
I didn't know Dick very well, we grew with New York Life in different General Offices. However, after our offices merged, we would attend meetings together and spoke briefly at those times. What I have to share about Dick, is that since his retirement, there have been a number of instances where I've has the occasion to meet former clients of his. Dick was a no nonsense guy and highly respected by the people he asked to do business with. He was commited to good quality Life Insurance and all the good it would do for people who persisted and protected themselves and those they loved. May his memory be blessed and his family well cared for.
Dear Welch family. I was from Morristown & the Welch family get's my deepest sympathy in the passing of Dick...John & I moved to Pleasant Hill, Calif. year's ago but usually came to Minnesota every year and Morristown will alway's be back home.....Several times we saw Dick while we were there & he was alway's the same very friendly gracious person he alway's was............I never heard he was sick but I know God knew a great person that he needed in heaven.........God be with you all and give you strength to carry on .... Blessing's John & Arlette Hogan
Dick and I spent three years together at " Harvard of the Midwest". They are the greatest memories that I have today. I remember Dick as very tall, ramrod posture,very fast walker,coffee drinker especially the free refills and aggravating the waitress as much as possible, the walks up and down the steep hill to class, I'm 5'8" he was 6'8" laying down, that was the only time we dared measure him,sleeping." How's the weather up there"? usually caused quite a camotion.He always laughed about the band he hired for me for a school dance,they only played one song over and over and over. Dick and I called each other quite a few times after he retired and I always looked forward to the reminising. Some things are better left to our memories,Ha. Sorry I can't be there, but we are in the middle of a move to Lubbock, for my son. It was so great to have Dick and Louise come to San Antonio and stay for a few days. I will always remember my great friend and the many experiences we had. Pete as he called me
Dick and I agreed at times and sometimes disagreed however he was always a friend and always showed respect for my family and myself.I was born in 1949 and as a young boy my family visited Morristown often,Dick was always good to us kids.We shared a lot of conversation over the years, he could be quite frustrating at times and stubborn,also tough.I will always remember him as a kind man, who loved and cherished his family and friends,however it was tough for him to demonstrate his soft side and compassion for all.Dick your a good man and you will be missed, my thoughts and prayers for you and yours. Take Care my Friend.
Hello to the wonderful family of Dick Welch--the legend!! I loved working with your great husband and father. He was so interesting and there was never a dull moment! I liked the fact that he said what he thought--you never had to wonder what Dick thought of you or the job you were doing--he said it just like it was! I remember one time when I came into a faculty meeting a minute late. He stopped the meeting, watched me the entire time until I sat down and said, "I would appreciate it Ms Derby if you would be on time." As you can imagine, I was never late again. Dick was tough, he demanded you did a good job. He was also fun, the lounge would light up when he came in. He always had a funny story to tell or would be kidding someone about something. He loved to create controversy and then sit back and watch the show. When he was on the Triton school board and causing such controversy, I saw him in West Concord and told him, "I love reading the Triton school board minutes, you have created a media circus." He replied, "I know, don't you just love it!" He threw his head back and laughed. Sara had a 7th grade class party out at the farm. When it was over, Mel came in and said, "I just want to thank you Mr. and Mrs. Derby for hosting this nice party. I had a great time." A few days later I saw Dick, he said, "Did my son ever thank you for that party?" Dick demanded his children speak respectfully and to be polite at all times. I could go on with "Dick" stories forever--he had a very colorful personality. He loved his family so much and was very proud of each of them. Of course, he always told me his kids were so talented because they took after him but we secretly knew that Louise had a huge influence. Good bye to a fun loving, opinionated man who I will always remember dearly. God Bless--Pat Derby
Welch Family: We were saddened to hear about Dick's passing. I'm sorry that we will be unable to attend the services for Dick - currently in Brainerd at my sister's until Sunday. Our thoughts & prayers will be with all of you. Louise - I will stop by & visit some evening. Take Care. Kim & Mike Jones
Anne, Melvin and family-Your father was a great innovator for Triton, the education system, and great to hear cheering us on at sporting events. I hope all of your memories are fond, and your learning from him never stops. Love- Mindy