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Welch, John E.
John E. Welch, 62, of Galesburg, died at 5:44 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011 in OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.

He was born June 25, 1948 in Galesburg, the son of Edward F. and Sarabeth Richardson Welch. He married Lynne Simmons. He later married Barb Jacobs.

He is survived by a son, Sean (and Donna) Welch of St. Charles, Mo.; two daughters, Ericka (and Tony) Gillenwater of Galesburg and Amber Nicole Welch of Chicago; two grandchildren, Taylor and Jacob Gillenwater; three brothers, Patrick (and Marilyn) Welch of Lewistown, Ill., Stephen (and Rosemary) Welch of Galesburg, and Richard (and Barbara) Welch of Decatur, Ill.; and a sister, Sara Jane Esp of Galesburg. He was preceded in death by his parents.

John was a salesman for Distillers and Brewers Distributors in Galesburg for many years before retiring. He graduated from Costa High School in 1966 and attended Bradley University and Western Illinois University. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge #894, Past Commander of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 and Past Commander of the Honor Guard, and member of Lions Club, Moose Lodge, and Press Club. John was also a volunteer at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

John served in the United States Army from 1971 to 1973 with the rank of Sergeant First Class. He went on to serve in the Army Reserves from 1973 to 1988.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. William Miller will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the chapel with the Rosary prayed at 8 p.m. Cremation will be accorded after the funeral with burial later in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Elks Crippled Children Fund or Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285 Honor Guard. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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