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The Clare Cecil Welch family of Illinois

Updated August 1, 2008

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Clare Cecil Welch was born July 9, 1905 in Ipsulanti, Michigan. The eldest living son of John Welch and Elizabeth maiden name:Himebaugh) Welch.
Physical description: White, Male, height: aprox. 5'10" at full height. weight: aprox. 170 lbs. plus muscles. Blonde hair, bright blue eyes, tanned easily, and was as comfortable in a suit and tie as he was in his work clothes...usually blue work pants and a T-shirt. He was intense while working but had an easy smile and was usually smiling and laughed a lot, liked to tease, and had fun as often as possible. He said, "Life's too short not to have fun when you can."
His favorite color was blue. His favorite pie was cherry.
Brothers of Clare Cecil Welch:
Clarence, Basil, Claude, Melvin
Sisters of Clare Cecil Welch:
Beatrice, Vivian
Clare Cecil Welch was married in Michigan to Iva, last name
unknown. Together, they had 4 children.
Son: Owen Dale Welch (later adopted by stepfather
of last name Martin)
Daughters: Lilian, Evelyn, Edna Mae (all were
adopted by stepfather by last name Martin)
This marriage ended in divorce.
Clare Cecil Welch married Sarah Frances Wishon of Illinois
Together, they had 3 daughters:
Clara Jane, Elizabeth Elaine, Judith Ellen
Clare Cecil Welch was a laborer and worked at Willarun (sp?) Bomber Plant during WWII. He was a builder, mechanic, farmer, painter, and could do plumbing, electrical, and any kind of work he put his mind to. He was a very intelligent man who could learn anything.
He was a hard-working man. He built the family home in Bushnell, Illinois. He and his wife, Sarah, planted a garden each spring and were always generous in giving to family and neighbors. He would play baseball and play games with his daughters...having water "fights" in the summer was a favorite winter, he would pull his daughters on a sled or sit with them to do puzzles or table games. He insisted on giving his daughters lessons at home during their early schooling years to compensate for what they weren't teaching in public schools that he thought they should certainly know by then. He was a kind, thoughtful, and generous man. He would help anyone who needed help. He was encouraging to his daughters and always told them they could do / become anything they really wanted to do / be. He welcomed friends and family to his home.
He was a Christian man and took his family to church, said prayer at meals, and had devotions in the evening with the family.
He was a smoker. He died of lung cancer in May of 1985, at the age of 79, at his youngest daughter's (Judy) home, in Noble, Oklahoma and was laid to rest beside his wife, Sarah, in Greenview Memorial Gardens in Colona, Illinois. He will be missed as long as anyone who knew him is alive.
Clara Jane Welch Widger, Clare Cecil Welch's oldest daughter by wife, Sarah, was born September 21, 1944 in Macomb, Illinois, Phelps Hospital.
At this writing, August, 1, 2008, Lilian is the only one who has passed on. All remaining children of Clare Cecil Welch are still living. For additional information, you may contact: Title your email: Welch information.

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