John David Welter
July 6, 1949 – April 26, 2017
Pattonsburg, Missouri ……John David Welter, 67, passed away, after a long battle with cancer, at his home with his family beside him.
John lived most of his life in the St. Joseph area. He enjoyed people from all walks of life and held a special place in his heart for children. He was a collector, craftsman and “ a jack of all trades”. He enjoyed conversation and by the end of any discussion you would agree with his opinion, or be wrong. A real “salt of the earth” man with a commanding voice and strong presence.
He graduated from Lafayette High School and joined the Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He was also active in the Seabees, and proudly retired with 28 years of military service. Later in life he attended the University of Colorado where he earned a degree. He returned to Missouri and was employed and later retired from Wire Rope Corporation. John was always busy and enjoyed all the work involved on his farm, of which he was very proud.
John was loved by many people and will be dearly missed. He was the son of John David Welter (deceased) and Edna Mae (Davis) Strable (David). John is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, Deborah; a daughter; two sons; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Also, two brothers, Dennis (Connie), and Doyle; two sisters, Sandy (Dennis) and Terri; and many nieces and nephews. Along with many others who referred to him as “Grandpa”.
His legacy proudly lives on with his children:
JD (John) Welter (Amber), David & Olivia;
David Adams(Kathy), Brett (Haley), Brooklyn & Brittani;
Angela Birkenholz (Vilas), Caine, and Nicholas.
John was generous, honest and loved his country. Strong willed and steadfast, it was a comfort and honor to call him a friend. His infectious laughter could be heard miles away and there was always something he was joking about. He was a fanatic fan and used his voice to encourage all. We as his family are blessed to have shared in his life. We miss him already.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017 at Leavenworth National Cemetery with full military honors by the United States Navy. Memorial Contributions: Building 94 Voluntary Services VA Treatment Center, C/O Turner Family Funeral Home P.O. Box 350 Maysville, MO 64469.