|Alwin "Fritz" Welling|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Saturday, 15 June 2013 07:15|
Alwin "Fritz" Welling, age 88, of Millbury, OH, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Village, Pemberville, OH.
He was born on October 25, 1924 in Millbury on the homestead to Arthur and Ilah (Berndt) Welling. In 1942 he graduated from Lake High School. On April 13, 1957 he married Marian Dunn in Milton Center, OH, and they lived on the family farm that Fritz's grandfather purchased in 1901.
He was a lifelong farmer and owned his own radio and TV repair shop.
His memberships included: life member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Stony Ridge, OH, Farm Bureau Council for 54 years, served as trustee for eight years and Golden Seaway Farm Council since its beginning in 1958. Fritz was instrumental in changing the grading at railroad crossings in Lake Township by working with the Lake Township Trustees and Wood County Commissioners. The crossings were graded so farm machinery could cross over more easily. He also served as a County Commissioner in the clean out of the North Branch of the Portage River in Wood County.
In 1981 he was one of the charter members of the Crime Stoppers in Wood County. In his spare time he repaired radios from 1948-1972 and was a ham radio operator since 1951 with the call letters of W8HCQ. While enjoying fixing engines and welding to innovate or improve farm equipment he obtained three U.S. patents.
At St. John's Lutheran Church he served as a historian and church councilman. He wrote a book on the church's history and made a display for the church. Since he enjoyed history he helped complete the School Book "Alumni Lake Walbridge 1911-1989 and the book "A History of Lake Twp. Wood County, Ohio."
Surviving Fritz is his loving wife of 56 years: Marian, son: John Welling of Wharton, TX, daughter: Beverly Miller of Millbury, grandchildren: John Welling, Janeé Carpenter, Logan Miller and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Doris Bockbrader and brother: Irwin Welling.
Family and friends will be received on Monday, June 17, 2013 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11 a.m. from St. John's Lutheran Church, Stony Ridge, OH with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until time of services. Officiating will be Rev. Daniel Beaudoin. Interment will be in Lake Twp. Cemetery, Walbridge, OH.
There will be a bereavement luncheon served at the church immediately following the cemetery committal services.
Considerations for memorial contributions are to: St. John's Lutheran Church or Odyssey Hospice, Maumee, OH.
Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at www.marshfuneralhomes.com.
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