OBITUARY

John James Welch Jr.

August 23, 1930October 8, 2010

John “Jack” J. Welch, Jr. a highly decorated and well known in the military and aerospace industries for over 50 years, John “Jack” James Welch, Jr. was born in Cambridge, MA on August 23, 1930. He passed away on October 8, 2010 at Legacy Lifecare Hospital, Plano, Texas under the care of Louise Patricia “Patti” Welch, his loving wife of over 57 years. Jack was the son of John James Welch, Sr. and Lillian Bernadette Meehan Welch. Jack graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He was immediately hired by Vought Aerospace (later known as LTV Aerospace and United Technologies) and rose through the ranks over the following 36 years to Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development. From 1969 to 1970, Jack served as the U.S. Air Force’s Chief Scientist. In October 1987, Jack was nominated by President Reagan and accepted by the U.S. Senate to the position of U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Senior Procurement Executive, Information Resource Executive and Air Force Acquisition System. During his Air Force tenure, Jack was also the United States’ delegate and chair of numerous international groups including AGARD, International AWACS and the F-16 Multinational Fighter Group. He also acted as Acting Secretary of the Air Force in 1992 under the Bush administration. From 1992 until his recent passing, Jack was active on a number of corporate boards including MBDA-US, VERINT Technologies, Serco, Dynacs Military & Defense, Meggitt-USA and Wilcoxon Research. Jack was the recipient of countless professional and military awards including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal; Exceptional Service Medals from the Army, Air Force and Secretary of Defense and the W. Stuart Symington Award - the highest honor to a civilian in the field of national security - in 1990. Also in 1990, the USAF created "The John J. Welch Jr. Award for Excellence in Acquisition Leadership" to recognize attributes taught by Jack during his tenure. A charter member of the Aviation Hall of Fame, Jack was civically active as Chairman of the Jesuit College Preparatory School Advisory Board, Vice President of the Dallas Diocesan School Board and member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Educational Council. In addition to his wife Patti, he is survived by his son Kelly and wife Pam of Flower Mound; three daughters Bridget and husband Greg of Plano, Shannon and husband Bob of Plano and Erin of Columbia, MD; and grandchildren Christopher, Michael, Ryan, Hunter, Brayden, Marsha and Lisa. Jack was preceded in death by his daughter Meegan. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 13th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home located at 7405 W. Northwest Highway. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 14th at 1:00 p.m., at St. Rita Catholic Church located at 12521 Inwood Road. Burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. All donations honoring Jack can be made in his name John J. “Jack” Welch, Jr. to Autism Society, 4340 East-West Hwy. Suite 350, Bethesda, Maryland 20814 or go to www.autism-society.org

Services

  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 14, 2010
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John James Welch Jr.

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Marianne Joyce

November 12, 2010

My dear Aunt Patti, Bridget, Kelly, Shannon and Erin...

I want to express my sincere sadness to hear of Uncle Jack's passing away. Even though we didn't get many opportunities to be together as a family, the few times we did were extremely memorable. I know all families have issues, but your family seemed to be brimming with love as well as allowing for each family members individuality which struck me deeply and has impressed me enough to use that as a model when raising my own family. I am grateful that I had a chance to see him in the past 5 years... I hope and pray that over time...the many years of memories will comfort you and bring you joy replacing the sadness.

My thoughts, prayers and deep respect are with you all,

Marianne
Jack & Dee Joyce's oldest daughter)

Bob Bledsoe

October 21, 2010

I worked for Jack at Vought in the 60's. He was a great boss. And that Irish humor never left him. He was a man in the best sense of the word.

October 19, 2010

Patti, Our family was very sad to hear of Jack's passing. Our country lost a great man. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Jennifer and Mark White

Maripat Kline

October 15, 2010

Dear Patti, Jack made so many contributions in his lifetime to so many people. We are all beneficiaries of his time here. Loved seeing the pictures of everyone~beautiful family.
God Bless~

October 14, 2010

Patti, We are so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. We had enjoyed knowing you as our neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Jack and Sue Swanson (Frisco, TX)

October 14, 2010

The Men and Women of the Dyess Honor Guard ( 7th Bomb Wing -Dyess Air Force Base ) proudly salute the service and commitment of Mr. Welch. It was an honor to provide his military funeral detail. We hope that his family left his service with a great sense of pride and patriotism that Mr.Welch shared as a member of our great Air Force.
Thank you for the honor of serving you all.

MSgt ChrisEllis
Dyess Honor Guard Superintendent
(325) 660-8696

Chuck Johnson

October 14, 2010

Dear Patti and Family,
Chuck and I were deeply saddened to hear that we have all lost a wonderful gentleman and American. Your loss is so much deeper but please know we share your sorrow. Chuck has always treasured the time he worked for Jack. Please accept our heartfelt condolences--Chuck and Marilee Johnson

Carol Rogel

October 14, 2010

Dear Patti,
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Even though we don't see each other often, you and the other Kiwis are always in my thoughts.
My condolences~

October 13, 2010

Dear, Dear Patti and Family,
Larry and I send our deepest love to you and your family. What a sad lose to your family and friends. I will always remember Jack when he endured our wonderfully, fun DC Kiwi Trash and Treasures in your lovely home in MD.
Jack was a delightful man and we feel honored to have known him.
Much love,
Connie and Larry Budge

October 13, 2010

Our Dear Patty,
Our Heartfelt memories and prayers are with you in this time of loss.

We are with you forever.

Myrna Morris
Washington DC Kiwi's