Lyle Welch 1924-2015
Lyle Burton Welch was born Sept. 24, 1924, to Eugene and Zella Welch in Waterville. He was a graduate of Waterville High School with the class of 1942. Immediately after graduation he entered the Army Air Corps and served as a B-25 pilot during World War II. Since the fall of 1945 he held a Commercial Pilot’s License.
Upon separation from the Service, Mr. Welch attended Kansas State University and in 1949 received a B.S. Degree. He later received a Master’s Degree from Kansas State, and an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) from Michigan State University in 1965.
For 35 years Mr. Welch served as a math teacher, guidance counselor and coach in the secondary schools of Corning, Whiting, Waverly and Manhattan, with 26 of those years at Holton. During this time, he also served on many boards, and was a scoutmaster for Troop 64 in Holton.
He was married to Wilma Marie Welch in 1949 until her death in June of 2013.
Three sons survive: Dr. Robin L. Welch, Lincoln, Neb., David L. Welch, Oakridge, Ore., and Dr. Kevin L. Welch and wife Lynn, Savannah, Mo. Also surviving are five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and the many students he influenced and nurtured during his career in education.
Upon retirement, he and Wilma moved from Holton to St. Joseph, Mo. In 2009, Mr. Welch moved into the Veterans Home in Cameron, Mo. He died peacefully there on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. An interment ceremony will be scheduled in several months for the family in Holton Cemetery.