Jack Palmer Welch, 82, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma died Friday, June 2, 2017 at Mercy Hospice in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born September 3, 1934 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the son of Harold and Alma (Ivey) Welch. Jack attended Capitol Hill High School and the University of Oklahoma. He worked for the Army Corps of Engineers beginning in 1955: first as a laboratory technician and later as a boat operator on Robert S. Kerr Reservoir. He was on active duty with the Army as a radio operator in Germany in 1957 and 1958. Jack worked on minuteman missile sites in North Dakota and Wyoming and Corps dams in Kansas and Oklahoma, retiring from the Corps in 1989. Settling in Sallisaw in 1966, he married Patricia Ann Martin on August 8, 1969. After his career with the government, he operated Top Dog Video in Sallisaw with his wife Pat for several years. Jack was a dog lover, enjoyed fishing, and later became an avid participant in Cowboy Action Shooting with the Single Action Shooters Society. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Pat; his parents, Harold and Alma (Ivey) Welch; and sister, Suzi Shires of Garland, TX.
He is survived by: son:
William "Bill" Welch and daughter in law Mary of Indian Hills, CO
son: Kirby Rayd Welch of Centerville, MO
daughter: Jacquelyn "Lyndi" Welch of Tulsa, OK
son: Eric Welch and daughter in law Jessie of Cooter, MO
9 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 9, 2017 at 1 pm at Agent Mallory Martin Chapel in Sallisaw, Oklahoma
under the direction of Agent Mallory Martin Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Forever Friends Humane Society or Mercy Hospice, 7301 Rogers Ave., Ft. Smith, AR.