Don C. Welter 1930 - 2009

A Memorial Mass for Don C. Welter, 78, Lawrence will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow in Grantville Cemetery in Grantville.

Mr. Welter died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Topeka, the son of Charles and Belle Frandle Welter. He was a 1948 graduate of Liberty Memorial High School and attended Kansas University.

He was a former member of the Kansas National Guard.

Mr. Welter was both a branch manager and general agent for Transamerica Occidental Life for more than 40 years in Topeka, Kansas City, Kan., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

He was a member of the National Association of Life Underwriters for more than 50 years. He was also a member of the Ex-Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a founding member of the Blue Birds baseball team of Lawrence.

He married Nancy Dean on Sept. 16, 1950, in Bentonville, Ark. He married Shirley Jo Brown on Aug. 10, 1968, in Topeka. She preceded him in death on June 22, 2006.

Survivors include three daughters, Cindy Ford and husband Jim, and Debbie Toms, all of Lawrence, and Linda Craig and husband John, of Olathe; one stepson, David Brown and wife Sally, Topeka; one stepdaughter, Debbie Roberts and husband Frank, Topeka; six grandchildren, Molly Ford, Ashley Ford Plantz, Jarrod and Travis Toms, and Casey and Spencer Craig; two great-grandchildren, Rian Toms and Conner Plantz; and four stepgrandchildren, Jenna Watson, Kevin Brown, Jamie Kapella and Justin Roberts.

A rosary will be recited at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, after which the family will meet friends.

The family suggests memorials to the Oncology Department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital or to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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