James Eugene Welch, 78, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, March 7th, 2017. He was born February 15, 1939 to James Victor "Vic" Welch and Lucille (Ogborn) Welch, in Wyatt, Missouri.
In May of 1957, he graduated from Charleston High School in Charleston, Missouri. Following graduation, he proudly served in the United States Navy, from January 2, 1958 to March 13, 1962. James began working as a loan officer for Victor Savings & Loan and American Bank. He later retired as a finance manager from Terry Miller Buick Pontiac, GMC, March 1, 2004.
James married the love of his life, Beth Welch, October 20, 1972 in Ada, Oklahoma. Together they had one daughter and shared over 44 years of love, life, and friendship together.
James had a passion for the outdoors. He loved to golf, fish, hunt, and going on motorcycle rides. He was of the Baptist faith and was a faithful member of Southeast Baptist Church Muskogee. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club and Morning Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James V. "Vic" and Lucille (Ogborn) Welch; and his sister, Theda Farrell.
He is survived by his loving wife, Beth Welch of Muskogee, OK; daughter, Keli Wilbourn and husband Matt of Fort Gibson, OK; grand-daughter, Audrey Gilliam of Fort Gibson, OK; sisters, Ann (Charles) Jackson of Charleston, MO, and Vicki Miller and husband Jim of St. Louis, MO; brother, Mickey Welch and wife Sue Ellen of Dittmer, MO; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins who will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Organization 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17 Chicago, IL 60601-7633 or online at www.alz.org.
A celebration of James' life will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 24, 2017 at Southeast Baptist Church with Rev. Kelly Payne officiating and assisted by Terry Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Edwards, Bill Mocha, Larry Page, Paul Coker, J.D. Smith, Doyle Deskin, Mickey Welch, and Carl Mead.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.
Published on March 20, 2017