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Thomas Charles Welch
  • January 21, 1945
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  • August 15, 2019

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Obituary

Thomas Charles Welch, 74, of Fort Myers, passed away at home on August 15,2019.  Born January 21, 1945 in Elgin, IL, he was the son of Wilbur and Lois Welch.  Tom served our nation for 3 years in the U.S. Navy.  He said “they were some of the best years of his life”.  He met his wife Diane in 1969 in Lansing, IL.  They had two children, Shelly Welch-Gelardi, and Bradly Thomas Welch.  Before moving to Florida in 1980, he worked for the Quaker Oats Company in Chicago for many years.  He was offered a job with Coastline Equipment as an equipment salesman where he flourished throughout the years.  He eventually became area manager for the company until his retirement at age 60.  He enjoyed traveling, boating, RVing and watching Formula One racing.

Tom leaves behind his loving wife Diane Welch, daughter Shelly Welch-Gelardi, son Brad Welch, son-in-law Michael Gelardi, Daughter-in-law Christy Welch, and mother-in-law Thelma Hon.  The thrill of his life were his 3 grandchildren whom he often teased; Logan and Aspen Welch and Josh Gelardi.


Service

Location:
Baldwin Brothers East

Date & Time:
August 18, 2019 at 12:30 PM


Cemetery:
Baldwin Brothers Crematory


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  1. 17 Aug 2019
    Becky and Jim Nilson says:
    Diane,
    I really enjoyed all our fun times with you and Tom, playing cards. He was a great guy and will be missed by many. Please accept my condolences and let me know if there is anything I can help you with.
    Love, Becky

  2. 16 Aug 2019
    Jerry & Sue Mack says:
    Diane & Family

    We are very sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed Tom and his humor. He will be truly missed.

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