r. duane welch
Feb. 27, 1928 - April 22, 2013
ELKHART — R. Duane “Dewey” Welch, 85, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, in Elkhart.
He was born Feb. 27, 1928, in South Bend to Ralf and Roine (Smith) Welch.
He leaves behind his devoted wife of 60 years, Phyllis (Hiatt) Welch; two children, Susan (Spyker) and son Patrick; two granddaughters, Mallory and Merrill Welch; and a brother, Randall.
Dewey’s brothers, Charles and Joel, preceded him in death.
After graduation from South Bend Central High School, Dewey enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two years in Japan. Upon his discharge he enrolled at Indiana University, joined Sigma Nu Fraternity and graduated with a bachelor of science in business. He was employed at Barger Packaging Corporation for 42 years, succeeding his father as chairman, president and CEO.
He was a Director of First National Bank (Key Corp.), the Riblet Corporation, Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Elkhart General Hospital and Elkhart Civic Theater. He was also a past president of Elcona Country Club, Exchange Club, Better Business Bureau and the Elkhart Chapter of the American Red Cross. In 1977 he was Elkhart County Chairman of United Way’s highly successful fund drive.
A loyal Indiana University alumnus, Dewey served as president of IU’s National Alumni Association and the Distinguished Alumni Club. He was past chairman of IU’s Annual Giving Campaign; and a charter member of the Varsity Club and Well House Society. He served on the IUSB Advisory Council and was a director of the IU Foundation.
He was a man of generous spirit and enthusiasm who lived his life to the fullest and was a friend to many.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, Elkhart. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ron Bowman will officiate.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com. Memorials may be sent to the Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 500, Bloomington, IN 47402; Elkhart’s Center for Hospice Care; or The Midwest Museum of American Art.