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Hugh D. Welch, Jr.
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Hugh D. Welch, Jr.

Hugh D. Welch, Jr., 89, St. Joseph, Missouri passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017.
He was born July 21, 1928 in Springfield, Missouri to Hugh and Anna (Means) Welch.
Hugh married Ludene Pollard February 18, 1951, she survives of the home.
Hugh graduated from the University of Missouri, in the Univeristy’s first Bachelor of Science Forestry class in 1951. He was a Varsity football player and a member of the Gator Bowl squads in 1948 and 1949.
He served in the United States Army as an Instructor, 8th Divistion Infantry School, Heavy Weapons Section. Hugh began his professional career with the Weyehaeuser Timber Company as a Research Center Project Engineer in Longview, WA. He returned to the Midwest in 1957 where for over 30 years he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Iowa-Missouri Walnut Company in St. Joseph, MO. Hugh completed his work career as an independent manufacturer’s representative.
He was a member of Ashland United Methodist Church, Moila Shrine Temple, YMCA Member and Board of Directors and the School of Natural Resources Advisory Council at University of Missouri Columbia, past President, Member and Board of Directors of the St. Joseph Optimist Club.
Hugh was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anne Bell; brothers-in-law, Austin Pollard and Bob Bell.
Additional survivors include son, Mitch Welch (Debra), Kansas City, Missouri, Stan Welch (Amy), Overland Park, Kansas, Chad Welch (Kelly), St. Joseph, Missouri; grandchildren, Nick Welch (Katie), Kate Eaton (Denton); great-grandchildren, Judah, West and Eli; brother, John “Don” Welch; sister-in-law, Dixie Pollard; and nieces and nephews.
Farewell Services 1:00 P.M. Thursday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Interment Prairie Ridge Cemetery, Polo, Missouri. The family will gather with friends 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers the family request donations made to Ashland United Methodist Church. Online guest book and obituary at

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Prairie Ridge Cemetery

Hwy 116
Polo, MO


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