|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1921|
|Death: ||May 23, 1968|
The Oelwein Daily Register-front page-May 23, 1968
2 FATALITIES IN HIGHWAY 3 ACCIDENT
I looked up and saw two cars hit each other and go straight up in the air. I couldn't tell you which car was which because it was still fairly dark, but my father and i had just finished milking and we saw it happen, commented Charles Hughson who lives about 800 feet from the scene of Thursday's fatal auto crash nine miles east of Oelwein on Iowa 3, killing two persons.
Iowa Highway Patrolman Larry Holland was called to Hughson at 5:45 a.m. after the young man witnessed the crash which killed Donald Persson, 21, of Route 3 Strawberry Point and Mrs. Lillian Welsh, 46, Fulton St. Arlington.
The two vehicles apparently hit head on after the Persson car veered to the left toward the center line while the Welsh auto apparently did the same thing Holland said.
I have to assume that Persson fell asleep at the wheel, Holland surmised, "because of the way the crash occurred, and the fact that Persson had been on National Guard duty here in Oelwein, since last Wednesday."
"He was relieved of duty yesterday and they came back to Oelwein on a voluntary basis at midnight to walk patrol duty through the city," Holland said.
Perrson was on his way to Starmont school to check out a bus he drives for the school system, Mrs. Welsh was on her way to Grandview Nursing Home where she is employed as a nurse.
Holland stated that Dr. H. M. Anderson of Strawberry prounced Mrs. Welsh dead at the scene, and that Perrson died en route to Mercy hospital.
Holland also commented he worked 45 minutes attempting to free persons from demolished autos.
Services are pending for Perrson at Feeney-Knutson Funeral Home in Strawberry Point.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burdette Persson rural Strawberry Point, and a sister Mrs. LaVerne Meiners, Eitzen, Minnesota.
Services are also pending for Mrs. Welsh, at Gleim Funeral Home, Arlington.
Survivors include two daughters both of Oelwein, and one son of Arlington, and several other relatives, according to Gleim Funeral Home spokesman.
Oelwein Register---Saturday, May 25, 1968
MRS. LILLIAN WELSH SERVICES MONDAY
Services have been set for Mrs. Lillian Welsh, 46, who die Thursday, May 23, in an auto accident east of Oelwein.
Services have been set for Monday 11a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic church, Wadena, with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Gleim Funeral Home, Arlington, is in charge of arrangements, where friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday.
A rosary will be recited Sunday, 8 p.m. at Gleim Funeral Home with the Rosary Society and American Legion auxiliary serving lunch after the funeral at the Legion Hall.
Survivors include one son, James, Arlington, two daughter, Mrs. Charles Weir and Zella, Mrs. Larry Larson, both of Oelwein, three grandsons, her mother, Mrs. Fern Boleyn, Oelwein, and her father, Thomas Boleyn, Oelwein, five brothers and five sisters, and two step-sisters.
Thomas Leonard Leroy Boleyn (1902 - 1986)
Marie Fern Jacoby Boleyn (1905 - 1999)
Cecil James Welsh (1907 - 1967)
Lillian May Boleyn Welsh (1921 - 1968)
Dwayne Leonard Boleyn (1927 - 1975)*
Thomas R Boleyn (1945 - 2015)*
Terri Ann Boleyn Mattocks (1948 - 2016)**
Saint Josephs Cemetery
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Aunt Lillian,You were so much fun with you and Uncle frank and the water fights you love to do. I remember the one time when alot of us family members we all were runing around Arlington,Ia at midnight like there was no one else in town. With water guns,w...(Read more)|
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