Dale Rene Welker passed away peacefully on August 4, 2016 at age 87.
Dale was born on October 16, 1928 in Safford, Arizona to Marvin and Genevieve Payne Welker. Dale had a brother who preceded him in death: LaVerne Welker. Dale graduated from Litchfield High School and attended both Brigham Young and Arizona State Universities. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force and loved military “espirt de corps”.
In 1953, he married his beloved companion Connie Brown and they were blessed to have 5 children: Angela (deceased), Jeffery Dale Welker (Cindy), Gregory Scott Welker, Wendi Sunderhaus (Herb), and Amy Williams (Kurt).
After his military service, Dale spent the better part of his life working as a professional photographer. His greatest happiness was found with his wife, children, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. He knew each one of them well and they all adored him. Dale’s life was spent in the service of his Heavenly Father, his family and the friends he loved.
A viewing will be held Friday, August 12, 2016 from 6-8 PM, at the Bunker Family University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona.
Funeral services are Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 10 AM, preceded by a visitation from 9-9:45 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mesa Central Stake Center, 925 N. Harris Drive, Mesa, Arizona.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Hospice of the Valley who provided Dale with such loving care and comfort in his final days. Donations can be sent to Hospice of the Valley Fund Development at 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Otherwise, do what Dale would do – “get a hamburger and root beer to go”.