October 23, 1938 - July 27, 2020
John Gilbert Welch, 81, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri died Monday, July 27, 2020 at Saint Francis Medical Center, with his family by his side. He was born October 23, 1938 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Robert L. and Louise Mae Koch Welch. He and Mary Ellen Goodwin were married February 8, 1958 at Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She preceded him in death on February 7, 2020. He served in the Army and Army Reserve from 1956-1963. He was a manager at Cape Ready Mix for 27 years, partner with his son at Welch Construction and Supply for eight years and retired from the City of Cape Girardeau as an inspector for the engineering department. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council #1111, Notre Dame School Board, commissioner of Boy Scouts, St. Jude Children’s sponsor, a member of Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and a long-time dedicated usher at St. Mary Cathedral. He was a member of St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau. Survivors include a daughter, Julie (Marty) Platz of Jackson, Missouri; two sons, John R. Welch and Joe H. (Tori) Welch both of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; a brother, Arthur Lee Welch of Banning, California; six grandchildren, Jacob Welch, Ashley Sparkman, Brittni Baker, James Allmon, Dalton Welch and Hunter Platz; and six great-grandchildren, Abagail Baker, Ella Sparkman, Serenity Allmon, Peyton Baker, Callie Baker, Vera Grace Sparkman. He was preceded in death his parents, wife and great-grandson, Tristen Allmon. Visitation will be 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Ford & Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel in Cape Girardeau with parish prayers followed by rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM Friday, July 31, 2020 at St. Mary Cathedral in Cape Girardeau with the Rev. Tom Kiefer officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Mary Cathedral. Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com. Ford & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John Gilbert Welch, 81, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri died Monday, July 27, 2020 at Saint Francis Medical Center, with his family by his side. He was born October 23, 1938 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Robert L. and Louise Mae Koch Welch. He... View Obituary & Service Information
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