WORDEN- Gayle Glen Welch, known by his friends and family as Red Welch, of Worden, Illinois, passed away Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 5:04pm at St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton, Illinois.
Red was born on February 21, 1939 in Alton, Illinois to Wilbur and Elsa Geraldine Welch.
Red married Delores Ann Forest on August 10, 1957. They lived and raised their family in Worden.
Red was known for his skilled carpentry, love of family, his pranks/jokes, and being a founding member of The Table of knowledge at their local gathering place, "The Yellow Dog". Red's greatest joy was spending time with his family while enjoying a good meal!
Preceding him in death are his wife, Delores (Dee) Welch; his parents Wilbur and Jerry (Green) Welch; his brother, Stanley Welch; his granddaughter, Laila J. Stewart; his grandson, Brent A. Degler; son-in-law, Wayne Haas; nephew, Billy Welch; sister-in-law, Fleda Welch, and his brother-in-law, John Michael Fleming.
Surviving are his children Glenda R. (Buske) Degler, Sondra D. Stewart (Wayne), Annette L. (Doherty) Hass, and Patrick A. Welch (Stephanie); his grandchildren, Shannon Buske Barrington (Paul), Gina Stewart Matthews, Shaila Stewart Lesicko (Joe), Nathan Doherty, Jessica Doherty Kolkovich (Geoff), Elizabeth Hass, and Savannah Welch; in addition are his eight great-grandchildren; also his sister, Jane (Welch) Fleming and brother, Bill Welch.
Gayle's eternal resting place will be alongside his wife at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Hamel, Illinois.