June 8, 1948 –

May 8, 2014

George William Welch, 65, of Adel, passed away May 8, 2014 at Kavanagh House Hospice in Des Moines, Iowa.

George was remembered in a funeral mass at St. John’s Catholic Church in Adel on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The service was followed by a luncheon at St. John’s.

George was born June 8, 1948 in Cherokee, Iowa and married Ann Schroeder on June 12, 1970 in Mason City. Also surviving are his children Kevin (Phyllis) Welch, Jeanne (Chris) Welch, Amy (Raymond) Welch, and Carly (Bradley) Kalina, and five grandchildren.

George earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 1971 and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 1973. He was employed at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as a Senior Engineer for 40 years.

George was an excellent carpenter in his spare time and could fix practically anything. George most enjoyed spending time with his family, engaging in lively political discussions, playing board games and watching a good movie or storm roll in.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Methodist Hospital Oncology Unit and the Kavanagh House for their support in his final days.

Contributions in honor of George may be made to The Kavanagh House at 900 56th Street, Des Moines, 50312 or the Environmental Defense Fund at