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David Lee Welch, 76, of Delaware, passed away early Monday (May 2, 2011) at his residence, surrounded by his family.

He was born on June 12, 1934 in Muskegon, Mich., to John and Fern (Price) Welch, who preceded him in death. David was employed by the State of Ohio, Department of Transportation, and retired from the agency as a chief radio technician. He was a member of the renowned 101st Airborne Division, the “Screaming Eagles,” with whom he served his country from 1957-1959. A member of the Masonic brotherhood, David was proud to have attained 32nd degree status. David enjoyed amateur radio communication, electronics repair, feeding his beloved birds and traveling to Michigan each spring for morel mushroom hunting with his son-in-law and many friends.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Joan (Mullins) Welch; and his daughter, Shelly (David) Fitzhugh of Delaware. He is also survived by his sisters, JoAnn (Jim) Webster of Newark, Wanda (Bud) Gerzina of Piqua and Janette (Elmer) Hughes of Mansfield.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home in Delaware.

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