Jacob A. Welch, Dec. 25, 1929 - Oct. 29, 2011
Former Seward resident, Jacob A. Welch, 81, died Oct. 29, 2011 at The Penn Manor in Selinsgrove, Pa., after a brief illness. An extended family dinner will be held in his memory at The Country Cupboard in Lewisburg, Pa. at 1 p.m. Nov. 19.
Welch was born Dec. 25, 1929 to Jacob A. and Amanda H. (Ridley) Welch in Royalton/Middletown, Pa. He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1951. Jake and his best friend Louie March headed to Seward that same year. It took three days by car to drive from Anchorage to Seward. He worked at the local sawmill. He also worked for the Alaska Railroad, taking an entire summer to walk the rails from Seward to Fairbanks counting all of the white railroad ties. What stories he had to tell of that adventure! He worked as a bull cook in Amchitka and Cape Yakataga. He also worked on the oil rigs (Dolly Varden and King Salmon) in Cook Inlet.
He met and married Doris J. (March) Welch in August 1959. Jake worked away from home quite a bit but when he was home he enjoyed reading the newspaper, watching the History and Discovery channels, having coffee with friends and going fishing. He was very active in the local church, always ready to help wherever and whenever needed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill and Jim, sister Violet (Dolly), son Dale Keim and ex-wife Doris. He is survived by his children Tammy Dudley (Roy) of Soldotna, Dawn Erdman (Larry) of Dornsife, Pa. and Douglas (Shawna) of Longview, Wash .; granddaughters Lindsay Johnson (Chad) of Soldotna, Jesica Erdman of Hickory Corners, Pa., Brittany and Sierra Welch of Longview, Wash .; grandsons Colin Dudley of Soldotna, Joshua Erdman of Dornsife and Levi Welch of Longview, Wash .; and, great-granddaughter Natalie Jean Johnson of Soldotna.