Starrucca, Pa., resident Rashaw John Welch died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his home after an illness. He was 78.
Funeral services will be held today in Susquehanna, Pa. The Revs. B.B. Bidwell and John F. Sherman will officiate. Burial will be at the Shehawken Cemetery in Shehawken, Pa.
He was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Melrose, Pa., to Sylvester and Mildred (Mead) Welch.
He was a member of the Windsor Pilgrim Holiness Church of Windsor, N.Y. He served as a minister for most of his 53 years in New York. He established a local church at Scott Center.
"He has helped many people, including students, grandchildren, families, friends and strangers who he found beside the road. All of his children and grandchildren are currently serving God in Pennsylvania, Alaska and Ohio. He was loved by family and many friends and will be greatly missed," the family said.
Mr. Welch worked in road and building construction, farming, logging and built his own sawmill. He also designed and constructed his own fish hatchery, which his grandsons used. He raised trout and stocked many streams in the area to "keep youths out of trouble," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Charles, Alvin, Delos and Irving Welch; sister, Catherine Chapin; and great-granddaughter, Magdalene Sherman.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice (Avery) Welch; sons and daughters-in-law Louis and Darlene Welch of Starrucca, and Robert and Julie Welch of Ninilchik; daughter and son-in-law, Loreida and Donald Sickler of Meshoppen, Pa.; brother, James Welch of Susquehanna; brother and sister-in-law, Walt and Joyce Welch of Friendsville, Pa.; sister, Marguerite Price of Lanesboro, Pa.; sisters and brothers-in-law Beatrice and Robert Barton of Susquehanna, and Penelope and Wayne White of Berry, Ala.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Preferred Choice in Clarks Summit, Pa.
Arrangements were made by Hennessey's Funeral Home in Susquehanna.
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