|John B. Welch|
|Written by provided to Sentinel-Tribune|
|Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:55|
John B. Welch, 66, of Perrysburg, passed away on September 17, 2013, at Flower Hospital.
He was born on August 24, 1947, in Toledo, Ohio to Robert C. and Dorothy J. (Hamilton) Welch and married Sally R. Gentieu in Perrysburg on May 25, 1973.
John was publisher, general manager and vice-president of Welch Publishing Co., parent of the Perrysburg Messenger Journal and three other weekly newspapers and a commercial printing plant.
Prior to 1972, he worked at the Albany Herald, a daily newspaper in Albany, Georgia and served in the United States Navy and Naval reserve from 1968 to 1974.
A graduate of Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio, he attended Western Reserve University (now Case-Western University) and Bowling Green State University and is an Anthony Wayne High School Hall of Fame inductee.
A member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, he was a past parish council member. He was also past president of the Stony Ridge Civic Association and has served on the advisory committees of Penta County Joint Vocational School and Owens Community College commercial arts programs, where he was an adjunct faculty member for 10 years. He is a graduate of the Perrysburg Citizen's Police Academy and served as a volunteer with Probation of Perrysburg Municipal Court.
John has been a member of the Rotary Club of Perrysburg since 1981. He served as club president in 1985 and was currently serving as chair of the Perrysburg Rotary Service Foundation. He has served District 6600 as Assistant Governor and on the district nominating committee and Ambassadorial Scholarship selection committee and is a Paul Harris Fellow, Foundation Benefactor and Major Donor. He was the Group Study Exchange Team Leader to District 4100 in Mexico in February and March 2005.
He was also a member of the Point Place Business Association, the Perrysburg Chamber of Commerce and the Knight of York Cross of Honor, 32 Degree Scottish Rite, Zenobia Shrine.
His leisure activities and recreation included fishing on Lake Erie and hunting. He operated a charter fishing vessel, "Fishin' Edition" as a licensed Ohio fishing guide and a US Coast Guard licensed captain.
He was a member of the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association and member and secretary of the West Sister Charter Boat Association. He was a life member of the NRA and was also an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.
John is survived by his loving wife, Sally R. Welch; mother, Dorothy Welch; children, Chester "Chet" B. Welch, Alissa M. (David) Ingram, Destiny R. (Donald) Pisula and Adam M. (Andrea) Welch; affectionately known as "grumpfather" to his grandchildren who gave him his strength through his struggle, Allison Pisula, Aidan Ingram, Derrek Welch, Troy Pisula, Conner Welch, Claire Ingram, Samantha Welch and a grandchild on the way; brothers, Dr. Robert A. (Sally) Welch and Matt H. (Brenda) Welch; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Welch (2008) and brother, James M. Welch (2006).
Friends will be received after 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 5520 Fremont Pike, Stony Ridge, OH, 43463 (419-837-5115) where a memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickman Cancer Center, Flower Hospital or to St. John's Lutheran Church.
Arrangements were entrusted to Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E.S. Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH, 43551 (419-874-3133).
Condolences can be made to the family at www.witzlershankfuneralhome.com.
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