Christian “Chris” Welker
Christian “Chris” Welker, 91, of Francesville, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 6. He passed away peacefully at Parkview Haven Retirement Home in Francesville.
Chris was born on Sept. 21, 1929, in Cervenka, Yugoslavia, to the late Ludwig and Luisa (Koch) Welker. Chris and his family were forced out of their homeland in 1944. They not only lost their home and properties, but they lost Ludwig and Konrad, Chris’s brothers, as a result of Word War II. The Welker family lived as refugees in Austria until they moved to America in 1951.
Chris was a mechanic in his younger days and spent most of his life as a farmer; having farmed in Missouri, Iowa and Indiana. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville.
Chris was a loving brother and uncle who will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his sisters: Luisa (Welker) Bratt of Warrenton, Missouri, Julie (Welker) Bauman of Mansfield, Ohio, and Hilda (Welker) Gutwein of Bluffton; sister-in-law Gertrude “Trudi” (Gischka) Welker of Winamac; nieces: Christl Nahrath, Luisa Jordan and Dawn [Jim] Kazmierzak; and nephews: Ron [Marie] Baumann, Gery [Mary] Welker, and Norman [Lynn] Welker.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ludwig and Luisa (Koch) Welker; brothers: Ludwig Welker, Konrad Welker and Eduard Welker; sister Gisela [Adam] (Welker) Roth; brothers-in-law: Eddie Bratt, Jacob Bauman and Erven Gutwein.
Private funeral services will be held at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville with ministers of the church officiating. Private burial will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Francesville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humanitarian Distribution Center.
Online tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — Dec. 9, 2020)