Gale D. Welker Dies Unexpectedly 

Gale D. Welker, 57, of Astoria, died unexpectedly at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 1986, in the Emergency Room at Mason District Hospital in Havana.

He was born June 17, 1928, at Astoria, a son of Harley and Pearl (Punneo) Welker. He married Eunice Shields on June 17, 1949, at Lewistown. She survives. 

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Rhonda Spencer of Ipava and Mrs. Brenda Fisk of Astoria, four grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Opal Wolfe of Peoria, Mrs. Evelyn Rahmeyer of Toulon, Mrs. Doris Derry and Mrs. Loralee Head of Astoria; and one brother, Max Welker of Astoria. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Mr. Welker was a member of the Astoria Christian Church, the Astoria Lions Club and American Legion Post No. 25 of Astoria. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. 

Mr. Welker worked as a mechanic for 18 years at Bader Motor Co., in Astoria until March, 1969, when he established Welker Auto Service. He was owner-operator of the business at the time of his death.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday morning at the Astoria Christian Church with Rev. Jim Comstock and Rev. Gregg Donaldson officiating. Burial will be in the Astoria Cemetery.

Friends may call at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria Thursday afternoon and evening. The family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Astoria Christian Church.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/15/1986


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