Harold Ralph Welch joined his Lord Jesus Wednesday, March 6, 2013 as his children surrounded his bed singing hymns and reading Scripture. Harold lived most of his life in Orange County, Calif., graduating Orange High School and Whittier College. He married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Allen, and celebrated 67 years of marriage.
Harold served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, promoted to major in just four years, as a transport officer accompanying troops across the Atlantic.
His father Ralph, brother Bob, and Harold took advantage of the post-war boom to start a new company. Welch's Ready Mixed Concrete Company grew to six plants and over 200 employees. If you've been to Disneyland you have walked on Welch's Concrete. Realizing a childhood dream, cattle ranching became an avocation after the sale of the concrete business with many happy memories of family time spent at the ranch in the Eastern Sierra.
Thirty years as a Trustee at Westmont College and leadership responsibilities in several churches demonstrated his single priority to the Lord he loved. Golf provided an outlet for his athletic abilities. He lived at the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore. since 1998 when he and Marjorie moved from Corona del Mar, Calif.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in law, Bonnie (Gary) Miller, of Central Point; and his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. William (Christine) Welch, of Huntington Beach, Calif. He loved his four grandchildren and their spouses, Karyn Amore (Carmelo), Matthew Krause (Suzanne), Erin Welch Hunt (Simon), and Heather Eckert (Ron), with all of his heart and took great joy in his seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9, in the Sunrise Room at the Rogue Valley Manor. His love for Jesus and the underprivileged motivates his family to ask that memorial gifts be given to Samaritan's Purse.