He was born June 25, 1918, at Perryville, son of Glenton and Bertha Dunker Welker. He and Elba M. Gibbar were married April 19, 1941, at Brewer, Mo. She preceded him in death Jan. 23, 2003.
Mr. Welker retired from Anheuser Busch Corp. He was a World War II Army veteran, earning a Bronze Star. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, American Legion Post 133, VFW, Elks and Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include three sons, Gary (Kay) Welker of St. Louis, Dennis (Renee) Welker of Colorado and James (Debra) Welker of Perryville; three daughters, Jean Moll of Maryland Heights, Mo., Kay (Cliff) Weeks of Chesterfield, Mo., and Carol (James) Parkin of Colorado; a sister, Marie Voelker of Perryville; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a son, Thomas; a sister; two brothers; and two grandsons.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Miller Family Funeral Home in Perryville. An American Legion Service will be at 6:30 p.m. and parish prayers at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 6:30 to 9:50 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The rosary will be recited at 9 a.m.
Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Perryville. The Rev. Joe Williams, CM, will officiate. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery with graveside military honors courtesy of the American Legion and the Delta Team.
Memorials are suggested to MDA or charity of choice.