TRAVERSE CITY — ”A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail.” We will remember you always.
John “Jack” Welch was born in Detroit to George and Maude Welch, of Preston, England. Jack had three older siblings, Ray, Ethel and Joe, all deceased.
Jack graduated from St. Gregory High School in Detroit.
Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army’s 89th Infantry Division and was deployed to Europe during World War II. Jack received the Good Conduct Medal, and from injuries sustained in Germany, the Bronze Star.
Jack married his devoted wife, companion and best friend, Alice Nancy Baker, on June 21, 1952, in Flint. They were married for 62 years until Alice’s death on Dec. 19, 2013. They raised their family of five, Patrick, Ruth Ann “Sandy,” Michael, Joe and John, in Livonia.
Jack was employed by Prudential Insurance until his retirement in 1983.
After spending years vacationing with relatives in Lake Leelanau, Jack and Alice retired to the Leelanau Peninsula and eventually moved to Traverse City.
Jack was active in VFW Post 7731 in Lake Leelanau. He marched in Memorial Day parades in Leland for years, as well as participated in memorial services for his fellow veterans.
Jack spent his retirement years visiting with family and friends while traveling throughout the country and to England, his parents’ birthplace. When home, he enjoyed woodworking, golfing and furniture upholstering.
Jack will be loved and remembered by his children, Patrick Welch (and Ivonne Navarro), Ruth Ann Petres, Michael and his wife, Grace Dovell-Welch, Joseph and his wife, Susan Welch, and John and his wife, Tracey Welch; grandchildren, Sarah Welch, Scott Welch, Heather Petres-Kammer and her husband, Paul, and Eric Petres and his wife, Renee; and great-grandchild, Gavin Kammer.
The family wishes to express its sincere thanks and gratitude to Munson Hospice House and its wonderful staff and volunteers who cared for Jack in the last five months of his life.