The Duncan Banner


January 22, 2011

Walter Douglas Welch

DUNCAN — Feb. 20, 1933 — Jan. 16, 2011

Walter Douglas Welch, 77, of Duncan, passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at his home.

Funeral services were Tuesday, at Carter-Smart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Don Chaffin officiating.

Walter was born to Bill and Zolah Stroud Welch on Feb. 20, 1933, in Tahlequah. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1960, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marlow.

Walter served as pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Oklahoma and Tennessee, including the First Baptist Churches of Healdton and Waurika. Later in life, he was a professional sales representative, then constructed and operated the Kwik Lube in Duncan.

He enjoyed morning visits to Wal-Mart and a very special relationship with his friends at Duncan Opticians. Walter loved dogs and horses, always enjoying the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the Triple Crown.

Walter married Patty Everett on June 16, 1956, in Oklahoma City.

He is survived by his wife, Patty of the home; sons: Doug Welch of Duncan and Steve Welch of Tulsa; a brother, Dwayne Welch of Moore; a grandson, Stephen Welch; and a great-grandson, Montana Welch.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Zolah Welch, and a sister Connie Fisk.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, MDA or Chisholm Trail Hospice.

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