COSHOCTON — Bruce Dean Welker, 68, of West Lafayette, passed away at his home at 12:35 a.m. Sunday (Oct. 31, 2010).
Born Oct. 25, 1942, in Zanesville, he was the son of the late Bruce William and Marie A. (Campton) Welker.
A 1960 graduate of New Concord High School, Dean served as a Specialist 4 in the U. S. Army from Oct. 7, 1966 to Oct. 4, 1968 with overseas duty in Vietnam, where he was a sheet metal helicopter crash repairman.
His early employment was at the former Bown’s Plumbing-Heating, Wagner’s Supply, Jones Metals and for 40 years was a contractor for Welker Brothers Construction retiring in 2004. Dean’s memberships included the Otsego United Methodist Church, AmVets Post 36, and was a lifetime member of the Coshocton Sportsman’s Club and the Newcomerstown Trap Club. He had served as a volunteer fireman on the Adamsville and West Lafayette Fire Departments. Dean also was a founding member of the Coshocton County React Association.
On May 24, 1964, he married Martha Rae Shroyer, who preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 1991. On March 20, 1992, he married Edith Marie (Fisher) Ross who survives along with two sons, Michael D. (Melissa) Welker, Newcomerstown, Darin R. (Shirley Wagner) Welker, West Lafayette; six daughters, Penny (Dean) Smith, Candy Dickerson, Connie Carson, Becky (Earl) Bosson all of Coshocton, Roberta (Mario) Castillo, Crosby, Texas, Lois (Arthur) Gluyas, Stow; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister Nelda Baker, Sarahsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Nov. 4, 2010, at the Free Funeral Home, Coshocton, with the Rev. C.E. Easterday officiating.
Interment followed at Fairfield Cemetery, West Lafayette. Military honors were conducted by the Coshocton County Veterans Council.
Memoriums may be made to Hospice of Coshocton County, P.O. Box 1284, Coshocton or the Relay for Life Coshocton Hospital Oncology Team, c/o Jackie Mason, 1460 Orange St., Coshocton, OH 43812. Envelopes are available at the Free Funeral Home.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.coshoctontribune.com.