OBITUARY

Michael E Welch

March 3, 1953December 31, 2020
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“Big Mike”

Michael Edward Welch better known as “Big Mike”, Dad and Pop. Although a quiet man for the most part, when he spoke it was something that you probably didn’t want to miss. On March 3, 1953 he came into this world. He was the first-born son of Betty and Edgar Welch of Dallas who received him in heaven on December 31,2020 along with so many others, mother and father in law, brother in laws, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and Mason brothers. He became the big brother to Steve Welch of Dallas and he got him a sister Denise Welch of Dallas. Growing up he played baseball and basketball. At the age of 18, on November 5, 1971 he married the love of his life Lisa Welch of Kemp that he has been with for 50 years but married to for 49 years. They quickly started a family having a son Michael Welch Jr. and a daughter Kimberly Carder both who live in Kemp. Dad was a man of strong work ethics and always had to be busy doing something all the time. He never did anything halfway. Even through his battle of lung cancer he excelled. He not only beat lung cancer he lasted years longer than expected. The Dr. would tell him and Mom that he is a medical miracle. He was a well-known field mechanic and ended his career in management and sales. He always had his hands busy working building motors, working on race cars or motorcycles and coaching my brothers’ sports. This is where my brother took after him being able to work on just about anything that held together with nuts and bolts and his athletic ability. Once we moved to Kemp he quickly started being a farm man. We got to grow up watching him raise pretty much all kinds of animals. Boy oh boy, he didn’t realize, that now he not only had a son that he helped with expensive hobbies of the racecars and motorcycles, he now has a daughter that has hobbies of riding horses. He never failed to support us in any experiences that we were interested in. He gave us the drive to not be scared of anything in our careers or in our personal lives. Once he got us through those teenage years, he had lots of time to spend building the house that they wanted, exactly the way they wanted. He stayed on tractors and four wheelers always keeping the yard and flower beds the way Mom wanted. He and Mom made a great team working on their place. If you ever heard them working together it is the funniest thing ever. He had a sarcastic sense of humor and always had something smart to say, either to make you laugh or teach you a life lesson. There was never a time that his only grandchildren KC Carder of Kemp and Macey Carder of Sherman wouldn’t leave the house where they weren’t laughing at something Pop said. I can say as an adult I watched my parents as empty nesters doing their own things in life. Dad was a big golfer. He was always on the course with his buddies, little Mike and even alone. I would always wonder how golf balls got into my yard, until I found out he would go out in the yard and hit balls. He was a proud Texas Master Mason. The bond he has with his brothers in the lodge was something he thought and talked about even in the last months and years that his health would not allow him to attend the lodge, these men weren’t friends they were family to him. He is an endowed member and Past Master of the Kaufman Lodge #726 in Scurry and Kemp Lodge #528 in Kemp. The memories he leaves behind is a man that speaks the truth, shows tough love and never gives up on doing a great job in anything he does. He left this world laughing at Mom, looking at angels, breathing easy with all his loved ones also resting easy around him which is exactly what he wanted.

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Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 8, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, January 8, 2021

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Brittany Holt

January 23, 2021

I didn’t know Mike personally but I always loved hearing Lisa talk about him. Anytime the sentence started with “woman” you knew it was going to be something funny. My condolences Lisa. We love you guys.

Venita Eck

January 18, 2021

I was not lucky enough to meet "Big Mike", however, Lisa is like a Soul Sister to me and I have kept up with Mike's journey during the past 6 years through Lisa. My heart goes out to Lisa and all of his family. You will be missed Mike! RIP 🙏🙏🙏

Wally Penny

January 13, 2021

Mike was a good friend. We lived as neighbors for over 20 years in southern Kaufman county. He was a hard working man, always took care of his own family and always there to help a friend. He has left us to early.
Deepest condolences for Lisa, Kim, and Mike. Rest in the peace that he is no longer suffering and you have a reunion day coming.
Love for your family in Jesus Christ.

Eddie Jefferson

January 9, 2021

Thoughts and Prayers are with our neighbors The Welch family.
RIP Mike
Eddie and Renae

Kim Carder

January 9, 2021

You love with everything in you. You stand strong and never back down from what you believe in. You made me the strongest version of me that I can be. You and I had a relationship of a few words but I believe when we looked at each other we knew where we stood. The wave from the kitchen as I left instead of a hug, is just what we did. We knew what that meant. It meant I love you, see you later. That’s is our love language. I have and will I steal these things to my girls. Strength comes from you. I love you Dad, see you later.

Pamela Mccoy

January 8, 2021

Uncle Mike always told me you can pick your friends and you pick your nose But You Can Not Pick Your Friends Nose 👃.. He always had had something smart to say he made him him. I will miss him dearly love you Uncle Mike

Paul Pineda

January 8, 2021

Thoughts and prayers Lisa, you and Big Mike are one of those couples that Ive always admired, what you two have isn't seen as much these days. The video and tribute came out great, I know he's looking down smiling. Hugs from the Pineda Family (Paul,Samantha and kids)

Maybell Holman

January 6, 2021

Lisa I am so sorry for your loss,it has been a long hard battle,but you helped each other thru it.He is at peace now,no more pain no more worrying. I bet Emma and James are already with him,laughing about some silly thing.You can rest now also,I'm here if there's anything I can do for you.Love awe

Glenda Fitch

January 5, 2021

Several years ago our grand-daughter, Brianna was diagnosed with Perthese disease - a leg & hip bone disease. She needed to see a specialist and was referred to Scottish Rite Hospital. There was a very long waiting list but Big Mike sprung into action and within a week we had an appointment. I believe donating to this charity in lieu of flowers would make Big Mike very proud!! Big Mike said Lisa didn't need anything else to feed or water!! So, instead of sending you flowers I decided to donate to your favorite charity - Scottish Rite for Children - I love you so much - RIP my boyfriend!!!!

Sherry Smalley

January 5, 2021

Uncle Mike was a special man. He was loved by so many, he was the one that would keep everyone civil at our Famiky Holidays. I remember one Thanksgiving two of my other uncle's were fighting. After all we are McCoy's! Uncle Mike stood up raising his voice and said CAN'T WE JUST ALL GET ALONG! Uncle Mike always made me feel special growing up you could say I was his favorite NIECE!!
I will cherish theses priceless moments and memories my lifetime. Uncle Mike you will truly be missed. Until we meet again on that glorious day that our heavenly father calls me home, May you rest in peace with no more pain and sorrow.
Love you.
Sherry

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