Harley Welker, Former Shop Operator, Dies

Harley Welker, 87, of Astoria, a former machine shop operator, died at 3:25 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at the Mason District Hospital in Havana after a short illness.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home. Collis Trone officiated and burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

He was born in Woodland Township on June 2, 1884, a son of George and Alice Farwell Welker. He married Pearl Punneo on Nov. 30, 1905. 

Surviving are his widow; four daughters, Mrs. Opal Wolfe of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Mrs. Evelyn Rahmeyer of Toulon, Mrs. Doris Derry and Mrs. Loralee Head, both of Astoria; three sons, Willard of Mossville, Max and Gale, both of Astoria; 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by two infant sons, a granddaughter, two brothers and two sisters. 


Published in the Astoria Argus-Searchlight on 12/29/1971