Richard "Dick" Harry Welchans

The Last Dance (Daughter Linda and "Dick")
Richard "Dick" Welchans, age 79, of Quincy, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2004 at 2:15 A.M. in Blessing Hospital of Primary Amyloidosis.

He was born January 12, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Richard and Margaret (Kelly) Welchans. He married Marjorie M. Dubsky on June 26, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois. Together they enjoyed 56 years of marriage.

Dick graduated from Morgan Park High School and later earned a degree in Traffic. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II as a pilot and instructor.

He retired from the J.M. Huber company in 1987.

He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Chorale Member, and Lay Reader.

Dick was greatly involved in the community. He appeared in many productions with the Quincy Little Theatre, he was the winner of the Enid Ireland and QUILTA awards, and served on the Board of Directors. He was a Lieutenant Governor in Kiwanis (Golden K) and served as President and Secretary of the local chapter.

He was a member of Rotary and a volunteer at Blessing Hospital.

Dick's love of music led him to a membership in SPEBSQSA, the Quincy Barbershop Chorus and the 2 by 4 Quartet. He had also been an Alderman in Marble Falls, TX when he and Marge lived there. He and Marge enjoyed many travels, and he loved all things Irish. His wife and his family were his greatest love and he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

In addition to his wife Marge, Dick is survived by;

Three Sons: Richard S. Welchans and his wife Marj of Oakwood, Illinois, Steve Welchans and his wife Karla of West Point, Indiana, and Greg Welchans and his wife Laura of Wildwood, Missouri.

A Daughter: Linda Bybee of Austin, Texas.

A Brother: Roger A. Welchans and his wife Nancy of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Nine Grandchildren: Andrew, Amanda, Adam, Meg, Ashley, Alison, Caleb, Jacob, and Mary.

and Four Great-Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two great-grandchildren