Russ Welker, 36, of Mesa, Arizona was unexpectedly called home to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, May 17th 2009. He attended Dobson High School and graduated from ASU with a Bachelors Degree. Russ served the Tempe Police Department for 10 years as a detective on the Auto Theft Squad and State Task Force. He was a devoted member of the LDS church and served a two year Spanish speaking mission. Russ’s generosity and kind heart were an inspiration to his family. He lived his life with integrity and bravery. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Kathrine; his two angels Cassie (6) and Brooke (4) whom he loved and adored; parents Terry and Kathy Welker; and sister Holly (Robert)Amarillas. A fund has been set up at Chase Bank c/o Kathrine Welker. Services to be held Friday, May 22nd 2009, at the LDS chapel located at 4629 E Guadalupe, Gilbert, AZ. Viewing at 9:30am. Service following at 11am. Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel.