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Robert Wilson “Bob” Welch

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Robert Wilson “Bob” Welch

Birth
Shiawassee County, Michigan, USA
Death
12 Jul 1996 (aged 70)
Durand, Shiawassee County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Byron, Shiawassee County, Michigan, USA Add to Map
Memorial ID
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Robert was born in what was later known as the Tyler home on Pittsburg Road in Vernon Township southwest of Durand because his grandmother would not let his parents live in her house after they were secretly married. She relented about a year later and they moved to the Welch farm on Newberry Road, which his father inherited in 1932, where Robert was raised. Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was assigned to the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division and was in Hawaii enroute to the invasion of the Japanese home islands when the war ended. He then served in the occupation troops until he was discharged. He attended a seminary in Chicago after the war, but never practiced the ministry. He married Marjorie Jean Bales in December 1945 and had two children, Diane and Terry. He married second Alice Jean Olmstead in 1955 and had two children, Debra and Craig. He was for many years a yard clerk and later yardmaster on the Grand Trunk Western Railroad in Durand. He was a member and deacon of the Byron Baptist Church all his adult life. There is a picture of Robert as an infant being held by his mother with his baby carriage next to them on his mother's memorial.
Robert was born in what was later known as the Tyler home on Pittsburg Road in Vernon Township southwest of Durand because his grandmother would not let his parents live in her house after they were secretly married. She relented about a year later and they moved to the Welch farm on Newberry Road, which his father inherited in 1932, where Robert was raised. Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was assigned to the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division and was in Hawaii enroute to the invasion of the Japanese home islands when the war ended. He then served in the occupation troops until he was discharged. He attended a seminary in Chicago after the war, but never practiced the ministry. He married Marjorie Jean Bales in December 1945 and had two children, Diane and Terry. He married second Alice Jean Olmstead in 1955 and had two children, Debra and Craig. He was for many years a yard clerk and later yardmaster on the Grand Trunk Western Railroad in Durand. He was a member and deacon of the Byron Baptist Church all his adult life. There is a picture of Robert as an infant being held by his mother with his baby carriage next to them on his mother's memorial.


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