THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Dale F. Welch
Issue Date: July 30, 2019
Dale Franklin Welch, 70, of Marinette, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 at home.
Born Dec. 11, 1948 in Kendallville, Ind., to the late Harley and Clarissa Welch, he graduated from Union Grove High School in 1967 and attended the UW-Madison, UW-Superior and Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minn. He married Barbara Howell on Sept. 27, 1975 in Green Bay and they moved to Marinette in March of 1979 to pastor the Pentecostal Apostolic Church where he pastored for 40 years, retiring Jan. 1, 2019. He also worked for T.H. Cochrane Laboratories as a third-party inspector at The Ansul Company for 37 years.
In addition to pastoring, his ministry included serving in the Sunday School and Home Missions Departments for the Wisconsin District of the United Pentecostal Church International for many years. He provided volunteer chaplain services to the local hospital and taught many home Bible studies.
He also was a WIAA-certified baseball umpire and basketball referee for local high school sports. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, singing gospel music and time with his extended family.
He never met a stranger and loved people, whether talking to them, laughing and crying with them or sharing the love of God with them daily.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara; a son, Benjamin (Lucinda) Welch of Weston; two daughters, Bethany and Brittany Welch of Marinette; three grandchildren; two brothers, Donald (Ann) Welch of Carmel, Ind. and Rev. Charles (Joy) Welch of Green Bay; a sister, Kathy (Ray) Paradowski of Hudson; two brothers-in-law, Wesley (Laura) Howell of St. Cloud, Mn. and Daniel Howell of Florence; two sisters-in-law, Bonita (Dennis) Moericke of Appleton and Lisa (James) Ritchie of Long Lake; an aunt, Barbara (Roland) Welch and many nieces; nephews and cousins.
His parents preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Friday, July 26 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at Calvary Church, W1498 Highway 64, Marinette on Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 1 p.m. Donations can be made to the Pentecostal Apostolic Church of Peshtigo, where he dedicated much of his life.