Charles Pa­trick Welch

Maryland Independent - - News -

Charles Pa­trick Welch, 80, passed away sur­rounded by fam­ily on Oc­to­ber 7, 2017. Char­lie was born on March 20, 1937, at the Welch fam­ily farm in Iron­sides, MD, to John and He­len Risko Welch.

He grew up on the fam­ily farm and grad­u­ated from LaPlata High School in 1956. After high school, he proudly served in the Mary­land Na­tional Guard from 1956 to 1961. Char­lie be­gan work­ing as a pip­efit­ter at the Wash­ing­ton D.C. Blue Plains Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant in 1959. He re­tired in 1995, as a main­te­nance fore­man, after 36 years of ser­vice.

Char­lie mar­ried Judith Ann Funkhouser on Oct. 10, 1958, at Sa­cred Heart Catholic Church, La Plata, MD. They were hap­pily mar­ried for over 58 years. Char­lie was a mem­ber of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, In­dian Head, MD. He en­joyed gar­den­ing, farm­ing, va­ca­tion­ing with Judy and his grand­son Josh, and spend­ing time with all his beloved grand­chil­dren. Char­lie also de­voted count­less hours to Joe’s Place Food Pantry at Durham Church where he vol­un­teered for over 10 years.

Char­lie was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; and five of his eight si­b­lings: John Welch Jr.; Mil­dred Welch Bowie; Harry Welch; Richard Welch; and Janet Welch Edge­comb. Char­lie is sur­vived by his spouse, Judy, of Iron­sides, MD; his daugh­ters: Shel­ley Lee Welch (Thomas Dale) Clark of Iron­sides, MD; Sher­rie Ann Welch (Brien Thomas) Grav­e­line of Wilm­ing­ton, DE; his sis­ter, Hazel Welch Rivera of North Carolina; his broth­ers: Thomas An­thony Welch of LaPlata, MD; Ge­orge Morris Welch of Nan­je­moy, MD; his grand­chil­dren: Amanda, Daniel, Joshua, Rachel, Han­nah, Sarah; and other rel­a­tives.

A pub­lic view­ing will be held at Wil­liams Fu­neral Home on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with prayers at 7:30 p.m. Fu­neral ser­vices and in­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests me­mo­rial do­na­tions be made to Joe’s Place Food Pantry, Christ Church Durham Par­ish, 8700 Iron­sides Road, Nan­je­moy, MD 20662.

Con­do­lences may be left at: www.williams­fu­ner­al­homepa.com

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