By The Mercury

David Lee Welch, 54, of Manhattan, died as the result of a single car accident near Green River, Utah.

The family provided some of the following information.

He was born July 6, 1959, in Marysville. He was the son of Robert Lee and Dorothy (Vlasin) Welch, and had been a Manhattan resident since 1977.

David worked as a sales representative for Pepsi Co. from 1977 to 1986 when he then worked for Frito-Lay until his retirement in November 2009.

He enjoyed working outdoors and landscaping his yard, spending time in and around the ocean, scuba diving, snow skiing, and spending time at the Konza Prairie.  He loved to help others in their time of need, no matter what the project or the situation. 

David had a very strong faith and lived life for the Lord.  He was an incredibly loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

On December 19, 1981, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Manhattan, he was married to Kelly Jean Shea.  Kelly survives of the home.  Additional survivors include his four sons, Eric Welch and his wife Gretchen of Manhattan; Shawn Welch of Lenexa; Danny Welch and his wife Katie of Wichita; and Kyle Welch and Laura Hildebrandt of Manhattan; and one granddaughter, Neva Mari Welch. David was looking forward to the birth of his second grandchild.  He is also survived by his father, Robert L. Welch of Marysville; a sister, Susan Adkins of Spring Hill; a brother, Michael and his wife Anita Welch of Roswell, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Terri Baumchen and her husband Peter of Hutchinson; two brothers-in-law, Tim Shea and his wife Michele of Spring Hill, and Dan Shea and his wife Roxanne of Wheeling, W.Va. He is also survived by seven nieces and nephews, Keith Beulow, Brian Shea, Kate Welch, Ian Shea, John Baumchen, Molly Shea, and Meredith Shea.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Louise Welch, in February of this year.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the University Christian Church Family Life Center with J.D. Washington and Steve Gwin officiating.  Cremation will follow the services with private family burial to be in Louisville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the University Christian Church Family Life Center.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation for the establishment of the David Welch Scholarship in Human Ecology.  Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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