Bennett Funeral Home


Richard O. Welch

July 22, 1935December 8, 2020

Richard O. Welch, 85, of Bow, NH passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. He was born in Concord, NH on July 22, 1935 the son of Clarence Otis and Mildred W. Welch.

He resided in Bow all his life.

Richard worked for Sanels in Concord doing maintenance and then obtained his garage known as Welch’s Garage. Upon retiring he restored antique cars and belonged to several car and truck clubs. He was a lifelong member of the Bow Men’s Club, and was a past president.

He leaves his wife, Marjorie (Cotton) Welch; three children, Donna M. Murphy and her husband, Dale of Bow, NH, Kenneth Allen Welch and his wife, Pamela of Bow, NH and Deborah M. Manning and her husband, Denny of Moultrie, GA; brother, Douglas R. Welch; grandchildren, Kirk Allen Hemphill Jr. and his wife, Crystal of Manchester, NH, Craig Manning and his wife, Imerald of Moultrie, GA and Kathryn Hemphill and her partner, Joe Purtt of Milford, NH and great-grandchildren, Caelan Archer Manning of Moultrie, GA and Veronica Elizabeth Hemphill of Manchester, NH.

Due to the current pandemic there will be no services at this time. A graveside service held at Evans Cemetery in Bow will be scheduled in the Spring.


  • Burial

    Friday, May 28, 2021


Richard O. Welch

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Bona Hayes

December 18, 2020

Dear Donna and family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Your dad was an important presence in the town of Bow. I hope your memories of a life well lived will bring you comfort.
With love, Bona

Joe and Ann Farrelly

December 17, 2020

Dick and I have been very good friends for a very long time.......he rebuilt my 1937 Ford Pickup at his garage down off route 3a in Bow many many years ago..........he fixed anything that was broken and was always ready to help in any way.....when he closed his garage and moved his "shop" to his barn in his backyard in Bow, he continued to fix anything, including rebuilding and repainting my Kabota tractor.......We were both members of the antique car club Profile Automobile League and he repaired my antique cars and kept them running....Dick and Marge and Ann and I spent lots of time together going to the car club social gatherings all over the state. Those are memories we will cherish forever I joined the Bow Mens Club with Dick as my sponsor many years ago and we always met at the monthly meetings with the many friends he had as members. The other thing I will always remember and cherish were the weekly gatherings at Dick's "shop" behind his house, when a small group of his many mutual friends would gather and have a drink and some snacks .........those people will truly miss our weekly gatherings just to meet and "chat"......................
Goodbye old friend................................................................Joe Farrelly

Gail Whitney

December 16, 2020

We have many memories of Dick and Marge over our more than 30 years of friendship. We attended many antique auto tours as well as so many other get togethers. They attended our sons’ weddings and celebrated with us the births of our grandchildren and great grandchildren. We laughed together, we’re silly together and so much more. Dick was kind, gentle and funny while still having a booming personality. We will miss him terribly. Much love, Russ and Gail Whitney

Cathy Caswell (Hilton)

December 15, 2020

Dick and Marge were good friends of my parents and I grew up with them around. At our wedding, he drove Randy and I from the Church to the Reception in his Model T Station Wagon.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Marge and the family.

Dennis Dandy

December 15, 2020

Donna, Ken, Deb and family.
My condolences on the passing of your beloved father. The memories I have could fill a book, many from shared camping trips when we were all kids. My prayers to you all.

Denise Bailat

December 15, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending you a big hug.