|Birth: ||Apr. 15, 1939|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 2011|
Published in the News-Sun (Waukegan, IL) on Aug. 20, 2011:
Rodger Edward Welker, D.D.S. of Naples, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 at Avow Hospice. Formerly of Waukegan, Ill., Rodger retired to Naples in 2006. He was born Apr. 15, 1939 in Waukegan, Ill., a son of the late Sylvester and Stephanie (Koper) Welker. Mr. Welker served in the United States Air Force. Rodger graduated from Marquette Dental School in 1965 and served his dental residency at Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee County Hospital). Dr. Welker owned his private dental practice in Waukegan from 1969-2006. He was a life member of the American Dental Association and the Chicago Dental Society. Dr. Welker was active in the North Suburban Branch of the Chicago Dental Society and the Waukegan Dental Study Group.
Rodger was an avid boater and fisherman, fishing all over the world including: Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba, the Bahamas and Belize. He was a life member and Past Commodore of Waukegan Yacht Club, member of Glen Flora Country Club where he headed the Trap Shooting, and member of the Waukegan Port Authority for 15 years where he served as Chairman of the Board for the last five years. Dr. Welker enjoyed spending his summers for the last 40 years aboard his boat, "Doc's Inn."
He is survived by his loving wife Sandra (Post) Welker; daughters, Sara Welker and Megan (Jeremy Pincombe) Welker; granddaughters, Madeline and Julia; and sister, Diana (Bruce) Pecaro all of Naples, Fla. Also surviving are six nephews and two nieces.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Aug. 22, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave. N., Naples, Fla. Inurnment will follow at St. John's. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anastasia Catholic Parish, 624 Douglas Ave., Waukegan, Ill. Family and friends are invited to call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Ln., Naples, FL 34105 or to St. Anastasia Catholic Parish. Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.
Sylvester A. Welker (1912 - 1988)
Stephanie C. Koper Welker (1912 - 1996)
Rodger Edward Welker (1939 - 2011)
Diana Jean Welker Pecaro (1943 - 2013)*
Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church Cemetery
Plot: Memorial Garden, Plot 25, Crypt 55/45
Created by: Patti Podboy
Record added: Sep 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97157451
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