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Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home

1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, TX

OBITUARY

Donald John Welch

2 December, 195310 May, 2020
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After a hard-fought battle with mesothelioma, Donald John Welch went to rest in his heavenly home on May 10th, 2020. Donald was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a leader of men and possessed the deepest love and devotion for his wife and family. Donald was born December 2nd, 1953, the second child to James Donald and Barbara Jean Welch, in Framingham, Massachusetts. In early 1972, Donald started what would be a long and fulfilling journey in the United States Army. He would go on to make military history in deploying his battery in record time to Israel in support of Operation Desert Storm, and later retiring after 22 years of loyal service. In April of 1972, Donald married the love of his life, Mary. April 28th, 2020, they celebrated 48 years of marriage and 50 years of a whirlwind romance together. Donald and Mary raised three daughters and became grandparents twice over. Donald is preceded in death by his parents, James Donald and Barbara Jean Welch. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters: Tara Harry (Jason), Kelly Welch (Casey Skelton) and Brandi Jenkins (Michael); grandchildren: Faith and Zachary Harry; sister: Sandie Loughman; God family: Bradley, Angela and Matthew Strong; many friends, family, and extended family. With all our hearts and souls, we will miss him, but know that we will be together again. Deeply loved, desperately missed, never forgotten. Arrangements are as follows: visitation/ rosary will be held on Sunday, May 17th, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Crawford-Bowers funeral home, 1615 South Fort Hood Road, Killeen, TX. A funeral mass will be held on May 18th, 2020, from 10:00-10:45 am at Saint Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church, 1000 Farm to Market 2410, Harker Heights, TX with graveside service to follow at the Central Texas Veterans’ Cemetery, 11463 TX-195, Killeen, TX. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at curemeso.org.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, 17 May , 2020

  • Rosary

    Sunday, 17 May , 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, 18 May , 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, 18 May , 2020

Memories

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Diana Kuykendall

May 20, 2020

Mary, Tara, Kelly, Brandi
You are all in my heart now. May you find comfort and peace at this time.

Love Di

Jason Demo

May 17, 2020

Don was one of a kind, in a room full of people, you always knew where Don was at. I had the pleasure to work with Don for a few years. When I messed something up, he would definitely let me know, and that's where his leadership would come out. From one Veteran to another, going to miss you brother!!

Lawrence Reid

May 15, 2020

A true leader.

“Top Welch” was a leader of soldiers, and a mentor to all who served under him. His guidance was paramount in turning young men and women into future leaders in and out of the military. Anyone who knew him, or served with him was better off on their journey through life. He will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to Mary and his lovely daughters, please know that everyone who knew him was a better person from the experience. SALUTE!!!

Kimberly Kachura

May 15, 2020

I have known the Welch family for such a long time....Don is such a major part of this wonderful family! He will be missed by so many. He served his country, sacrificed for his family and loved unconditionally. He is a role model to so many!

We are thinking of the entire Welch family during this time! We send our condolences and our prayers!

We love you guys!
The Christie and Kachura-Pontz Family!

Tom Greenamyer

May 14, 2020

Don was awesome to work with and even better to be around. One of the great experiences each day was being with Don regardless of the required task. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends. God bless you don and thanks for the memories!

Jan Doyle

May 13, 2020

I so enjoyed working with Don from 2000-2011 at the Battle Simulation Center. He was an instigator of fun. I can still hear his chuckle. He gave me my nickname “Scooby”. I have so many fond memories of him. Sending hugs and prayers to Mary and family.

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Donald J. Welch

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Mummsie, Daddy & Kelby

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Donald J. Welch

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Mummsie, Daddy & Kelby

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Our Family

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Grams, Gramps & Kiddles

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Mom & Dad

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The OG Welch family

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Dad & his baby girl

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Tara & Bradley