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Carl L. Welker

Carl L. Welker

Aug. 26, 1928 - Nov. 1, 2008

LITCHFIELD -- Carl Lee Welker, 80, of Litchfield died Saturday at his home.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

He was born Aug. 26, 1928, in Harris, Iowa, to Herbert and Ellen (Anderson) Welker. He began his education near Ocheyedan, Iowa, where his family farmed until 1935 when they moved to a farm northeast of Litchfield. He continued his education at School District 13 and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1946. After graduation he entered the military and served in the Army occupation forces in Nara and Kobe, Japan, in 1947 and 1948.

He married Doris Minks on Aug. 10, 1949. They lived in Litchfield. He worked for 13 years at Weber Implement until its closing in 1961. He then was employed at Reinke Sheet Metal as a welder. After taking a heating and air conditioning course at Dunwoody Institute, he worked for a few years as a furnace service man. The company began manufacturing tractor cab and roll bars and changed its name to Custom Products. He designed Cozy Cabs, roll bars, and safety structures of off-highway and industrial equipment until his retirement in 1993.

He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and sang with the church choir for 62 years. He was a charter member of the Litchfield Area Male Chorus and sang with the group for 36 years. He was a member of Admiral Benson Post 2818 and Nelsan-Horton American Legion Post 104.

He is survived by his wife; sons: Richard (and Mary) Welker of Melbourne, Fla., Robert (and Tammy) Welker of Canby, Donald (and Sharon) Welker of Litchfield, David Welker (and Cindy Rick) of Litchfield; daughters: Di Ann (and Sidney) Lund of Litchfield, and Kim Sheets (and David Schwich) of Green Isle; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother: Lawrence Welker of Litchfield; and a sister: Loretta Becker of Olivia.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandson and a sister.