OBITUARY

Albert David Welsh Jr.

December 10, 1929April 15, 2021
Obituary of Albert David Welsh Jr.
ALBERT DAVID WELSH, JR PASSED AWAY IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD ON APRIL 15, 2021, IN FORT MYERS. FLORIDA. HE WAS 91. HE WAS THE SON OF THE LATE MATILDA (NEE MEYER) AND ALBERT DAVID WELSH, SR. HE WAS PREDECEASED BY HIS DEVOTED WIFE KATHERINE (KATHY), HIS SISTERS PATRICIA WELSH SOMERS AND JACQUELINE WELSH BARR. HE GRADUATED FROM ST. LOUIS COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL IN 1947 AND FROM WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY IN MIDDLETOWN, CT, IN 1951. HE WAS A MEMBER OF DELTA KAPPA EPSILON FRATERNITY AND THE 1947 AND 1948 UNDEFEATED FOOTBALL TEAMS. HE COMPLETED THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORP PLATOON LEADERS COURSE AND BECAME A SECOND LIEUTENANT IN THE MARINE CORPS RESERVES AFTER GRADUATING FROM WESLEYAN, HE WAS ACTIVATED TO THE KOREAN WAR WHERE HE WAS A PLATOON LEADER AND ATTAINED THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED IN 1953. HE THEN JOINED THE WELSH COMPANY, WHICH HAD BEEN FOUNDED BY HIS PARENTS IN 1929. HIS MOTHER DESIGNED THE FIRST MODERN BABY STROLLER AND LATER THE CAR SEAT. SHE WAS A FEMALE PIONEER IN A BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THE 1920S. MR. WELSH STARTED IN SALES AND ROSE TO OVERSEE FIVE PLANTS AND OVER 1,000 EMPLOYEES. HE HAD GOTTEN HIS PILOT’S LICENSE AT AGE 16 AND LOVED FLYING HIS PLANE TO THE PLANTS. HE BECAME PRESIDENT AT AGE 27 AND WAS ONE OF THE YOUNGEST MEMBERS OF THE YOUNG PRESIDENTS’ ORGANIZATION. UPON THE PASSING OF HIS PARENTS IN THE 1960S, HE BECAME CEO. MR. WELSH WAS AN ENTREPRENEUR IN HIS OWN RIGHT. HE STARTED A SERVICE BUREAU, TWO STEEL TUBE MILLS, A RETAIL OPERATION OF 32 STORES WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI AND A 2,000 ACRE CATTLE RANCH IN ALABAMA. HE LATER SERVED ON BANK BOARDS IN ST. LOUIS AND FORT MYERS. HE WAS A LONG TIME MEMBER OF BONHOMME PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND FOREST HILLS COUNTRY CLUB IN CHESTERFIELD, MO. HE ENJOYED TENNIS IN ST. LOUIS IN HIS YOUNGER YEARS. AFTER MOVING TO FORT MYERS, HE WAS A DEVOTED MEMBER OF NEW HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND FIDDLESTICKS COUNTRY CLUB. SURVIVORS INCLUDE HIS THREE CHILDREN: - MARK DAVID (SEBRENA), GORDONSVILLE, TN., DANA WELSH CONNON (ROBERT), ST. LOUIS, MO, LOREN MATILDA GLENN (PATRICK), CEDARTOWN, GA.,- SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN:- DANIEL DAVID WELSH, CHRISTOPHER DAVID WELSH AND ADAM DAVID WELSH, GORDONSVILLE, TN, MICHAEL ALLEN CONNON, ST. LOUIS, MO, ERENA VIRGINA CONNON, DENVER, CO, DR. JOE DAVID GLENN (KATHRYN), TYLER TX, BRADLEY EDWARD GLENN (ANDREA), AUSTIN, TX;- GREAT GRANDCHILDREN ALICE OLIVIA GLENN, AVERY JANE GLENN, TYLER, TX, BROOKS CRAIG GLENN, WALKER DAVID GLENN, AUDREE ANN GLENN, AUSTIN, TX, LANDON MICHAEL CONNON, ST. LOUIS, MO;- HIS STEPCHILDREN: KARI FRANKENBERG (BRUCE), INVERNESS, IL, ROBIN OWEN (DUNCAN), SAN FRANCISCO, CA;- STEP GRANDCHILDREN: REID (CLAIRE) AND KATHARINE FRANKENBERG, CHICAGO, IL;- NIECES LINDA REESE HURD(ED), NEWFIELD, NY, JEANNE SULLIVAN (ALAN BERRY), LARGO, FL;- NEPHEWS DANIEL REESE (DONNA), LAKE CITY, FL, JOHN BARR (CAROLINE), SADDLE RIVER, NJ, AND JAMES WELSH BARR (KATHY), REDWOOD, WA. DETAILS ABOUT A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE DETERMINED AT A LATER DATE. INTERMENT WILL BE IN ST. LOUIS.

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