Kellis Welch, born May 8, 1925, went home to his Lord and Savior on his 92nd birthday, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Baird, Texas to Clint Welch and Georgia Warren Welch. Kellis married Elsie Jo Keith Welch May 29, 1948. Kellis was raised in the Beattie Community and remained there most all of his life. He proudly served in the United States Navy which took him away from home for a while. Once his service was complete, he returned to Beattie to raise his family with Jo. Kellis was a long-time mill operator for Gorman Milling Company. He simply refused to retire; he was determined to work until his health no longer allowed. Kellis never had idle hands. He was always working in some capacity, be it his employment or one of his many hobbies. He enjoyed spending time on his family farm and being outdoors. He loved to read, work crossword puzzles and brain puzzles. He was a faithful and devoted family man and his family was the center of his life. He loved his wife, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; brothers; neighbors; and many friends unconditionally. Kellis will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his three daughters, Jan Welch Bowden and husband, Doug; Kelly Welch Faught, and Terry Welch Plumlee and husband, Rex; grandchildren, Jason Bowden and wife, Kimberly, Cory Bowden, Brianne Plumlee, Kindell Plumlee, Mick Plumlee, Kale Plumlee, Jeremy Faught and wife, Paige, and Jayton Faught; great-grandchildren, Emma Bowden, Lillian Bowden, Madison Bowden, Carmen Faught and Ryker Plumlee; brothers, Kyle "Cotton" Welch and wife, Florence Jo, and Jackie Welch and wife, Patsy; numerous nieces and nephews; and other extended family. Kellis was preceded by his wife, Jo Welch; parents, Clint and Georgia Welch; and brothers, Kenneth "Slim" Welch and Jerry Welch. Funeral services were held Friday, May 12, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Nowlin Anders Funeral Home. Graveside services followed in Taylor's Chapel Cemetery near Beattie in Comanche County. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 255 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, in memory of Kellis, or to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered online at www.nowlinandersfh.com.


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