June 30, 1930 - May 28, 2012
Mr. LeRoy (Roy) E. Welch, age 81, of California, Mo., passed away Monday, May 28, 2012, at St. Joseph Bluffs of Jefferson City. LeRoy was born June 30, 1930, at Lohman, Mo., the son of the late William T. and Irene H. Meller Welch. He was married on March 31, 1954, in California, Mo. to Catherine E. Stegeman who preceded him in death on June 16, 2002. LeRoy was a 1947 graduate of St. Peters High School and attended various colleges working on an education degree. He enlisted in the Navy serving six years. He served on the USS Bataan in the Yellow Sea during the Korean War. After his service in the Navy, he moved to California, Mo., purchased the Nic Nac CafÈ and operated it until 1956. He then enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Germany and various locations in the United States. During his career in the military, he worked in information systems and rose to the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1974 after serving 22 years. He then returned to California Mo., purchased a farm and raised cattle. He was also employed with the Department of Revenue as the Assistant Director of the Information Systems Division. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in California, Mo. and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Roy Sone Post 1003 in Jefferson City, Mo. LeRoy enjoyed raising cattle, fishing, and visiting his friends at the Eagles. Survivors include: one son, Wayne Welch of Leesburg, Va.; twin brothers, Larry and Gary Welch (Kim) of Lohman; six sisters, Helen Bolin of California, Mo., Anna Mae Schaefer (Ed), Ruth Schaefer, Leona Welch of Jefferson City, Linda Kempker of Moberly and Karen Smith (Steve) of Lohman; companion Allean Campbell, Holts Summit; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Clarence Welch. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 2, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Annunciation Catholic Church. Burial with military honors will be at the Annunciation Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday June 1, 2012, from 5:00-7:30 with a prayer service at 7:30 at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Disabled American Veterans c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak St., California, MO 65018. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, Mo.