Rev. Walter “Richard” Welker, 86, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Jeffersonville.
He was born July 23, 1927, in Newark, Ohio, where he graduated from Newark Senior High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Naval Reserve, attended Ohio State University and graduated from Butler University (B.A. 1957).
Rev. Welker earned his Bachelor of Divinity from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in 1961. Over the course of his career, he served as student pastor or held pastorates at Fenn’s Pleasant Grove Christian Church, Shelbyville; Fairland Christian Church, Fairland, Ind.; Bruceville Christian Church, Bruceville; Milroy Christian Church, Milroy; Floyds Knobs Christian Church; Howard Park Christian Church, Clarksville; and First Christian Church, Mitchell. He was the resident pastor for the Honeymoon Bed and Breakfast Mansion in New Albany, and performed 555 weddings.
In addition to his ministry work, he was executive director of the Floyd County Economic Opportunity Corporation from 1970 to 1973. He was an agent for Monumental Life Insurance Company for 12 years, and became an independent insurance agent after retiring from Monumental in 1992.
He was a member of Jefferson Masonic Lodge #104 F&A.M., a 32nd Degree member of the AASR Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, and a Nobel of Kosair Shrine, Louisville. He was a member and Elder of the Floyds Knobs Christian Church, Floyds Knobs.
He is survived by his loving wife, Laura Prather Welker; daughter, Amy Murphy Wells and her husband Kenneth, Greenville; son, Matthew Scott Welker, New Albany; three sisters, Marilyn Flanagan and Peggy Allen and her husband Jim, both of Lake Placid, Fla., and Janice Pendexter, Buckeye Lake, Ohio; step-daughter, Greta Dawson Noe (Jeff Jenkins), Rineyville, Ky.; stepson, Greg Dawson and his wife Amy, Huntersville, N.C.; grandsons, Joel Murphy, Sonny Murphy and Joel Foltz; and granddaughters, Jessie Foltz, Katelyn Large, Montanna Noe and Channing Dawson.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Garnet Carter Welker, and a son, Joel Dennis Welker.
Cremation was chosen and a celebration of life ceremony was held Thursday.
The family requests donations be made to Youth for Christ of Southern Indiana, www.yfcsi.org.donate, or Gentiva Hospice.
Chapman Funeral Home, Clarksville, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.chapmanfuneralhome.net