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Allen "Al" Houston Welle Jr.

October 29, 1944April 5, 2019

Al Welle, 74, of Niceville, Florida, passed away on April 5, 2019 in Pensacola. He was born in Memphis, TN to Allen and Ruby Welle. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Mississippi State University. Al started his distinguished career in the United States Air Force at the Armament Laboratory working on numerous weapons systems. Following that assignment he served as the AF Boeing Plant Rep Officer in Seattle. He was honorably discharged and entered in Civil Service at the Armament Laboratory at Eglin. He was lead engineer on numerous weapons programs, test manager for GAU-8 and 30mm gun pod as well as working on the insensitive high explosive program. As career broadening, he served as Chief of Plans and Programs for the Direct Fire Program Office as well as the Munitions Division. Following that assignment, he was development facility manager for the $30M Advanced Warheads Experimentation Facility. In his final Lab position, he was the Ordnance Integration Technical Advisor. In addition to his civil service career, he served his country for 28 years in the Air Force reserves retiring as Lt. Col. He was the utmost patriot. Survivors include his wife, Donna; son, Wade; daughter, Noel Casey; and grandsons, Nathan Welle and Reed Casey. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 am, Friday, April 12th at Crosspoint Methodist Church in Niceville, Fl. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to Children-in-Crisis or Crosspoint Children’s Ministry. Oak Lawn Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.


  • Donna Welle, Wife
  • Wade Welle, Son
  • Noel Casey, Daughter
  • Nathan Welle, Grandchild
  • Reed Casey, Grandchild

  • Children-in-Crisis
  • Crosspoint Children's Ministry


  • Celebration of Life Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Reception Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Inurnment Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Allen "Al" Houston Welle Jr.

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Sue Meckes

April 14, 2019

What a special cousin, friend and man Al was. He was my only cousin on my Moms side of the family and growing up we spent a lot of time at his house when we were in Memphis visiting from Alabama! He always had a smile and a joke to tell! So glad I got to eat dinner with Donna and him a few years back and talk on the phone a few times since! My prayers are with you Donna, Wade, Noel and his grandchildren! This is “see you later”, not goodbye!!!!!

Monte Stevens

April 11, 2019

I’m terribly sad to learn of Mr. Welle’s passing. Growing up, he was always one of the men I looked up to, more than others. Perhaps it was because he went to State like my dad. Perhaps it was his softball skills. Likely, however, it was because he was always kind and always quick with a smile and a joke.

My thoughts are with Mrs. Welle, Wade and Noel.

Glenn Howard

April 11, 2019

One of the first people I met when I started working at the Lab was Al Welle. He found out I too was a MSU Grad. From then on, he would call me Bully. His humor was the type that would cause an entire office to explode with laughter. God Speed Al. I'm sure the Good Lord is enjoying the jokes.

David Lambert

April 11, 2019

"Sugar Al" was the nickname we used along with "Donna-Belle" in the old AFATL family. His famous "Al Welle Experimentation Facility" (AWEF) still carries on with leading edge research. Yes, Sugar Al made an impact.
Gone are the days of endless tennis matches and flip-flopping on the tennis ladder. No more softball games and complaints of getting old. It is time to rest and enjoy His Kingdom. We had a blast and did some great things for our country along the way. Al, God speed my friend, you are a part of us.
In highest regards,
D. Lambert

Jamie Ludwig

April 9, 2019

Played softball with Al for the church for a few years. Always had a smile and was up for a fight even of it was just running down a pop fly. I've seen his impact to his family and friends. He was a great man and will be missed.

Michael Sharpe

April 9, 2019

I had the honor and pleasure of working with Al for a couple of years at Eglin. He was a great man. He will be greatly missed. Sorry to hear of his passing. God speed Al.