March 23, 1929May 4, 2018

JOHN EUGENE WELK was born on March 23, 1929 and passed away on May 4, 2018.



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Roy and Lizz Uchman

May 11, 2018

We are so sad to say goodbye to our very special Viewpoint neighbour. We were blessed and honoured to share his 89th birthday celebration. Vic played the accordian and Gene as always was in fine form entertaining us with his jokes. We will dearly miss this fine Gentle Man and 8 Street East will never be the same. Our thoughts are with Marylou, Bill, and families.
Roy and Lizz Uchman, Okotoks Alberta

Al Welk

May 7, 2018

Wow, Where to start. My life is filled with so many wonderful memories of Uncle Gene. The "Green House" reunion when we were having races in the front yard. Gene was racing my brother and put his had out to keep Larry from passing him. This lead to a bunch of smack talk and Gene's wonderful sense of humor defending himself. The many "snipe" hunts and gopher shoots. The 24-hour pig roast on the farm. There was one trip to Ipswich with Ben, Alex, and Gene. Ben and Gene pointed out a woman from their younger days. They walked up to her and just started to get into her car saying that they need to use it and it would be OK. It was about a 5-10 minute exchange. The look on this poor woman's face was nothing compared to the look on Ben and Gene's after they realized that they actually had the wrong person. They almost drove off in a total strangers car.
Gene will be missed but he has given us all so many great times. I cry and laugh at the same time as I type this note.

Lois Welk

May 7, 2018

Every memory of dear Uncle Gene is full of laughter, from my earliest memories as a kid during annual summer visits to Aberdeen S Dakota to later memories in Mesa AZ or Steamboat Springs CO.

He was my father's wise-cracking, card-playing, ever-teasing, crazy-like-a-fax younger brother. He was behind all kinds of foolishness like sending out dozens of cousins into the night to snipe hunt at the Green House. My dad, Alex, had gone east and settled in Buffalo, NY. So in many ways, Uncle Gene was our connection to that great broad farm land. I'd hear my father talk about stuff with Gene that he never talked about much in Buffalo- acre yields, varieties of wheat, etc. I do claim as one of the high points of my life, beating Uncle Gene in a hand at whist. He ultimately won the game. He probably let me win that hand of whist.

My deepest condolences to his children and most especially to my Aunt Mary Lou.
Lois Welk

Lawrence Welk

May 6, 2018

Between Emails, flowers, websites... none of which Gene knew of...well maybe flowers... I don't know what to do any more. Gene was my dad's youngest brother. I guess I met him in summer trips to Aberdeen when he had his plumbing business with Willie. And his Club 12 business... and his Green House Business. I just know that my Dad, rather stiff, enjoyed Gene him and his humor no end. I think he looked up to my dad who went to CCCs and WWII,... who wouldn't have. But my Dad , Al , saw in Gene his lighter side. Gene handled the farm for his Dad. In later years I learned to enjoyed Gene's his humor... as I was not always the brunt of it.. .. as did most. I liked how he'd tour my father around Brown Co. showing him the best wheat or corn.... all better yields than my Dad or his Dad could ever imagine. Gene was a smart man and knew a lot about a lot of things... Mostly people.... and he and Mary Lou cared for many.
I will miss him as we all will.
And we all will pass and be missed...... But GENE .. he was one of the special ones.