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Charles Welch

Charles Welch

October 3rd, 1931 - October 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

Charles S. Welch, 88, passed away on Friday, October 2nd, 2020, at Ava’s House in Sioux Falls, SD after a short battle with pneumonia.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Charles was born on October 3rd, 1931 to William and Nellie (Erdahl) Welch on the family farm near Ortley, SD. He grew up on a farm south of Ortley, and graduated from Waubay High School. After graduation, Charles served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years during the Korean War.

Charles married Sonja Raye Gillies on May 29th, 1959 in Watertown. Together they raised 3 children: Lisa, Billy, and Cindy. Charles worked at the Kranzburg Elevator before starting Charles Welch Trucking in 1961. He retired from his business at the age of 70. Charles then worked part time for Pederson Motors and Dueco delivering equipment throughout the U.S.

Charles enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He spent many hours with his beloved Chinese pug, Mei Ling. He enjoyed spending time outside in his yard, garden, and lake cabin. He could be seen every morning having coffee and conversations with his buddies. Charles was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.

Charles is survived by Sonja, his wife of 61 years; his children, Lisa Morford of Watertown, SD, Bill Welch of Rapid City, SD, Cindy (Rob) Zell of Sioux Falls, SD; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

He will be deeply missed by his loving family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, www.wightandcomes.com.
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LaDean Morford

Posted at 01:36pm
I just learned of Charles' passing. My heart breaks for you! We've had lots of years of shared memories, and I am honored to have known him! He worked hard & has earned his wings! I know there really are no words to bring you comfort, but please know I lift you in my prayers. I do promise that a day will come to each of you when this awful sadness lessens & awesome memories fill your heart! πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’šπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’šπŸ™πŸΌ
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Jim&Patty(Gillies)Peterson

Posted at 11:08am
Our love and prayers are with all of you.
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Barb Kriese

Posted at 05:30pm
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Audrey (Weber) Rohde

Posted at 07:29am
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Cindy

Posted at 12:46am
I will never forget Bessie and her daughter I adore as well...those were fun days of Bingo and too many Hershey bars. I remember the handsoma Charles as well with his pretty hair! My sincere sympathy to all of you.... wherever he is your love will find him, even at the very top of heaven.
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