Earl H. Welsh Sr., 93, of Peotone, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2015) at Symphony of Joliet Health Care Center in Joliet.
He was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Wilmington, the son of William and Lula (Bell) Welsh. Both of his parents preceded him in death. Earl and Maurine U. Welsh were united in marriage on Oct. 6, 1942, in Kankakee. She preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 2007.
Earl was a farmer, worked at Andres Elevator and retired from Mobil Chemical in Frankfort. He was a member of the Will County Farm Bureau and a Lifetimer member of the Peotone Sportsmen's Club. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards and watching Chicago Cubs baseball.
Surviving are children, Dorothy Meyer, of Beecher; Earline (Charles) Patton, of Channahon, and Elwynne (Joan) Welsh, of Peotone; daughter-in-law, Cindy Welsh, of Wilton Center; grandchildren, Mike Patton, Amy (Jason) Bade, Kevin Meyer, Brian Meyer (fiance Theresa Perry), Erin Welsh, Mark (Keeley) Welsh, Earl "JR" Welsh III and Stacey Welsh; great-grandchildren, Tucker, Peyton, Camden and Parker Bade, and Spencer Welsh; two sisters-in-law, Sharon Bird, of Tamaroa, and Maybelle Welsh, of Manteno; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, preceding him in death were a son, Earl Welsh Jr., son-in-law, Willard G. Meyer; four brothers, George, Harold, William and LeRoy; and four sisters, Irene Blogg, Marie Foster, Eleanor Smith and Evelyn Welsh.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wesley Cemetery in Wilmington. Pallbearers will be Michael Patton, Kevin and Brian Meyer, Mark and Earl Welsh III, Jason and Tucker Bade. Memorials may be made to the family's wishes.