LINCOLN — Duewell D. Welch, 88, died Sunday, April, 13, 2014, at
The Christian Village.
(Below is a copy of
the obituary from the funeral home.)
LINCOLN-Duewell D. Welch, 88, passed away on Sunday,
April, 13, 2014 at the Christian Village in Lincoln.
He was born July 29, 1925, the son of Ira and Emma
Houseman Welch in Jerseyville, IL. He married Bonnie
Edwards Hagen on July 18, 1948 in Lincoln. She
survives as well as his daughter, Renee Dreusicke
(John) of Lincoln and granddaughter Laine Dreusicke
(fiancé Eric Sutkay) of Union Grove, Wisconsin. Also
surviving are a sister, Bettie Linn of Poplar Bluff
Missouri and several nieces and nephews.
Duewell (Doc) attended Jerseyville Schools,
Shurtliff College and Millikin University. He served
in the United States Coast Guard from 1942-1945,
much of the time stationed at Pearl Harbor.
Mr. Welch was a part owner and general manager of
Lincoln Builders Supply Company for twenty four
years. He later earned his broker’s license and
opened Welch Real Estate. Before retiring, he was a
field representative for the County assessor’s
office and a court bailiff for Logan County.
Duewell was a charter member of the Lincoln Junior
Chamber of Commerce. He was a lifetime member of the
Lincoln Elks B.P.O.E., joining the organization in
1949 and serving in most offices as well as Exalted
Ruler. He served several years with the Logan County
Red Cross, as a board member, as chairman, and as
the blood bank chairman. Mr. Welch joined the
American Legion in 1945 and was a member for over 60
years. Duewell was a board member of the Logan
County Housing Authority, having served when the
College St. apartment hi-rise was built. He served
as the president of the Illinois Lumber Dealers
Association and was selected as a Lincoln Courier
Citizen of the Month in 1981.
Duewell loved the St. Louis Cardinals, Illinois
basketball and LCHS basketball, being a charter
member and officer of the Railer Basketball Booster
Club. He and Bonnie enjoyed traveling, managing to
visit all fifty states.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday,
April 18, 2014 at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral
Home, Lincoln with a nephew, William Edwards
officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior
to the service. Full military rites will be accorded
by Lincoln American Legion Post #263 Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to the Logan County Red Cross,
Lincoln Elks B.P.O.E. or the First United Methodist