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The Lord welcomed home His faithful and loving son, Marvin Cecil Welch, 87, on March 8, 2023, after a well-fought battle with Alzheimer’s.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 17, 2023 at the All Saints Catholic Church in Stuart. A Funeral Mass will follow the service at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the church. The burial will be held in Rose Hill Cemetery in Menlo immediately following the service. A luncheon will be held following the burial at the All Saints Catholic Church.
Marvin’s journey began Aug. 30, 1935. The son of John Willis Welch and Obera Beatrice Cue Welch, Marvin spent his life in Menlo, Iowa. He was a loving son, devoted husband, and proud father. He worked for Golden Sun Feed, then Crestland Coop and drove a grain semi and applied fertilizer in the Big A for over 40 years. In his retirement, he mowed lawns, helped area farmers, and worked for the City of Menlo. Marvin was very proud of his yard and loved to mow and maintain it. However, he was best known for his musical talents of playing the organ and harmonica, his craft and woodworking projects, and his love of horses and mules. He was a member of the Menlo Fire Department and loved being in the Grand Ol’ Opry Shows. Early in his life, Saturday nights were filled with dances with friends and later in life he enjoyed country music shows on RFD while singing along. Marvin enjoyed playing Santa Claus in Menlo for many years and loved children. Marv never met a stranger, was a hard worker and would offer a helping hand to anyone in need. He had a fun-loving spirit and a generous heart; he will be missed beyond words.
The love of his life, Helen Morrissey, became his wife in Melrose, Iowa Sept. 10, 1966. From this blessed union, a daughter, Marcy Lynn, was born in 1972. Marvin took pride in instilling his work ethic, his ability to make friends and his love of music in his daughter. He loved Marcy’s husband, Doug, like his own son and was extremely proud of him; always bragging about how smart Doug is to everyone he met. Family always came first for Marvin.
Left to share all the tales of this great man are his daughter Marcy (Doug) Ostrander of Waukee; sisters Iva Mae Howard of Golden, Mo. and Connie Barnhouse of Ankeny; and countless other family members and friends. The family would like to especially thank everyone at Perry Lutheran Homes for their love and kindness to Marvin over the years.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Helen, in 2014; and siblings Lois Fields, Hilda Trent and Bud Welch.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
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All Saints Drive
Stuart, IA 50250
A luncheon will follow the burial at the All Saints Catholic Church. Everyone is invited to join to continue the fellowship.
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