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Joseph W. Welch, 82

Joseph W. Welch, 82, a resident of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa, formerly of Grundy Center, Iowa, and Blackduck, died on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Veterans Home following a lengthy illness.

Joseph W. Welch, 82, a resident of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa, formerly of Grundy Center, Iowa, and Blackduck, died on Saturday, April 21, 2007, at Veterans Home following a lengthy illness.

Private family burial will be held at a future date in Rock Island National Cemetery. The Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home of Tama-Toledo, Iowa assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born on June 2, 1924, to Joseph and Agnes (Creiger) Welch, in Oglesby, Ill. He was involved with the CCC during his youth. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

He owned and operated a driving school and also worked for the Illinois Secretary of State. He had resided in LaSalle, Ill., Blackduck and Grundy Center. He married Lillian B. Rentz on Nov. 28, 1989, in Bemidji.

He is survived by his wife of Grundy Center; daughter, Carol (Ed) Williams of Lynn Center, Ill.; step-children, Steven (Pam) Rentz of Emmons, Minn., Raymond (Jacqueline) Rentz of Clarks Grove, Minn., Diane Cain of Rochester, Minn. and Susanna Williams of Orlando, Fla.; two grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three step- great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary (Corino) Padawan of Jonesville, Ill., and Lillian (John) Seghi of Standard, Ill.; brother, Donald Welch of Rochester, N.H.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

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He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Elizabeth Chapin and Anna Lesmiester; brother, Stanley Welch; and a brother-in-law.

A memorial fund has been established for the Marine Corps League in Jonesville, Ill.

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