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Joseph Leo Welter Jr.

Born: Thu., Jul. 19, 1934
Died: Thu., Jun. 4, 2020


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Mon., Jun. 08, 2020
Location: Braman & Son Memorial Chapel

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Mon., Jun. 08, 2020
Location: Braman & Son Memorial Chapel

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Joseph Leo Welter Jr., 85 years old of Knox, Indiana, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020 at his home in Washington Township.

Joe was born Thursday, July 19, 1934 in Knox, Indiana, Son of the late Joseph Welter and the late Lou Ellen (Atichson) Welter. Joe lived his entire life in Starke County. He attended Ober Elementary school and Knox High School. He retired from Bethlehem Steel in 1995.

Joe is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janet (McFarland) Welter of Knox, Indiana, Step-daughter, Kathleen Anne Gates of San Diego, California, Brother, James(Helen) Welter of Indianapolis, Indiana, Brother, Harold(Becky) Welter of Knox, Indiana, Sister, Dorothy Holmes of Winneconne, Wisconsin, Sister, Marcella Griffin of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by step-son Ken Goble Jr., great-grandson Johnathon Gates, brother Paul Welter and sisters Jeanette Welter, Frances Avila, and half sisters Eva Kauss, Margaret McCoy, Josephine Stuemer, Christine Mitchell and half brothers Frank and Ray Welter.

Joe served on active duty in the US Army and was stationed in Korea for 16 months shortly after the Korean War ended. He was an active life-time member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, where he ushered and served Mass. He was a Charter Member of the Queen of All Saints Council of the Knights of Columbus, and also a life long member of the Kights of Columbus  and served on the Washington Township Advisory Board for many years, acting as the administrator of Eagle Creek cemetery. Joe was a member of the Historical Society and the Starke County Genealogy Society and the Knox American Legion. Joe enjoyed traveling, especially his trip to London and Israel.

Despite the hardship of growing up, Joe loved life on the farm and would hustle a job on any work crew in walking distance to earn money as a teenager. Family and friends were an important part of Joe's life and regaled all who would listen with his many stories

Friends will be received 10 AM until time of service at 12 PM, Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Braman & Son Memorial Chapel, Knox, Indiana.

Services will be held at Braman & Son Memorial Chapel, Monday, June 8, 2020 at 12 PM with Father Stephen Loncar officiating.

Interment will follow in the Round Lake Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, due to allergies, memorials contributions may be made to Washington Township Fire Department.


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Deb and Paul Proxmire
   Posted Sat June 06, 2020
Dear Aunt Janet, Welter family and friends,

Please know that you are close to our hearts and thoughts and prayers. We will pray that the Lord will comfort you and give you peace.

We will miss our long phone conversations filled with laughter, kindness and talks about aches and pains. We kept in touch over the years with only cards and calls but still felt a closeness that will be greatly missed. Uncle Joe genuinely cared about others and felt their sorrows and pains no matter who you were or what the issue was. He simply cared very deeply about those the Lord had made in His image; which included everyone and fortunately me and my family. As my health became difficult, I could tell in his voice that he shared my burdens and I tried to do the same for him. He was a gentle man which is rare in this world and we will miss him.

Peggy and Jerry Awald
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
Joe was a friend of my family and our friend, he was alway glad to see us and so interested in how everyone was. Rest in peach dear friend

James R. Welter II
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
Rest in peace, Uncle Joe, after a long and eventful life. My sincere condolences to all family and friends who knew him, especially his brothers Jim (my father) and Harold (my uncle). Uncle Joe always loved family reunions - so the afterlife should be a great time for him! But he will be greatly missed by those of us who are still here.

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