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Fred Welch

April 15, 1937 –¬†March 29, 2014

Fred Welch, age 76, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at his residence.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on April 15, 1937, Fred was the son of the late Lewis B. Welch and Essie Gleason Welch. He proudly served his country in the US Army Reserve. Fred worked for 39 years in the telephone equipment maintenance and installation field and was employed by the former Diamond State Telephone Company, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He retired in 1990.

Fred was an active member of Liberty Fellowship Church in New Castle, a longtime volunteer at the Grand Opera House and a member of the Diamond State Telephone Pioneers. He was a man of many interests who enjoyed photography and also building and maintaining computers. He was involved for many years in the drag racing community and was a member of the Wilmington Automotive Activities Club. Fred had a vast collection of NASCAR collectibles and enjoyed hunting for new items to add to it. He gave of his time and talents for many years to the New Castle Little League where he served as a coach and in various other positions. In his leisure time, he greatly enjoyed surf fishing at Cape Hatteras and looked forward to joining his many friends from both his grade school and drag racing days for lunch each month. Fred will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elaine Ryan and his grandson, Darius K. Welch. Fred is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Barbara Weir Welch; children, April Thomas (Larry) of Pittsgrove, NJ, H. Fred Welch, Jr. (Lisa) of Wilmington, DE and Dawn M. Welch (Kenny Wallace, Jr.) of New Castle, DE; niece, Luann Weir (Ed) of Lafayette, CO; grandchildren, PVT Jordan Welch, PVT Andrew Brown, Cassidy Welch, Nicholas Welch, Ivey Wallace, Jack Welch, Emily Thomas, Colby Thomas and Riley Thomas.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where friends and family may visit from 10 am until 12 Noon. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 11483, Wilmington, DE 19850.

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  1. the tobiason family, March 30, 2014

    we are so sorry for your loss. if their is anything you need from us. please let us know. love bob,dawn,stephanie and emily

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    • Barbara welch, April 5, 2014

      Thank you Dawn n family.He didn’t have pain which is a blessing

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  2. Lauren Edelin, March 30, 2014

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Welch family. I am very sorry for your loss, he will surely be missed. Heaven is truely blessed and I am also blessed for all the wonderful years I spent with the Welch family, and if there is anything anyone needs please let me know….Love Bill, Lauren, Noah and Caden…..R.I.P. Mr. Welch…..

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  3. Dick MacKenzie, March 31, 2014

    So sorry for your loss. Fred was a good friend. Always interested in learning about something new and broadening his world. May God’s peace be with you all.

    Dick & Joanne MacKenzie

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    • Barbara welch, April 5, 2014

      Thank u Dick n Joanne

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  4. Jim Irons, March 31, 2014

    So very sorry for your loss. I will miss my long-time friend, we had a lot of history and many fond memories.

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  5. Linda Diana, March 31, 2014

    Barbara and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will see you Thursday. Hope you are doing ok. Linda

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  6. Donna Weikel, March 31, 2014

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  7. Edna McGinnett, March 31, 2014

    My deepest sympathies. May you be comforted by your fond memories as well as by the “God of all comfort” (2Cor. 1:3,4) and His promise of the resurrection (Acts 24:15). I’m very sorry for your loss.

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  8. Franny Kaiser, March 31, 2014

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will forever treasure the times we spent together. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. Linda Kirkpatrick Cooke, March 31, 2014

    Dear Barbara, So sorry to hear of the passing of Fred. May the Peace of the Lord give you comfort during this time of great loss and sorrow. Love, Linda

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  10. Janet Rutledge, April 1, 2014

    I am so sorry for your loss . My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . God bless.

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  11. Maxine & Richard L'Abbee, April 3, 2014

    Barbara and Family,
    You have our deepest sympathy. You and Fred were special to us. We have different seasons we must navigate. This was Fred’s season. We all have to travel this road. Just trust in the Lord to get you through. Peace be with you.

    Maxine & Dick L’Abbee

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    • Barbara welch, April 5, 2014

      Max n dick thank you.the last year n half were hard.He wanted to stay alive to see his two Grandsons go into the Army.Andrew went in Jan,Jordan on Monday .Fred went to bed that night n never got out of bed.He died in his sleep no pain. More than once he told me he wad ready.That made it easier for me to accept

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