Richard Reed Welsch, age 82, passed away on his own terms after a brief battle with cancer on September 29, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born on May 8, 1935 to Victor Hastings and Edna Gean Morran Welsch in Meredith, Pennsylvania. Upon graduating high school, Rich followed his parents’ employment to Nevada. He served his country in the Army from 1956 to 1958 in Korea. Following his military service, Rich met and married RaNae Gilligan civilly on June 5, 1961 and then was sealed for time and all eternity on June 30, 1971 in the St. George, Utah LDS temple. Together they had three sons, Curtis, Tim, and Nick and one daughter Suzanne. He loved helping people whether it was his family, his church, or his community. Rich continued to serve others by working as a police officer and the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for 30 years. One of his most endearing qualities was his sense of humor. Rich may not have invented “Dad jokes” but he perfected them, entertaining his family and others by putting smiles on their faces. He is preceded in death by his sister, Max and his parents. He is survived by his eternal wife, RaNae and his children: Curtis (Jana) Welsch, Tim (Meranda) Welsch, Suzanne (Courtney) Welch, and Nick (Alyssa) Welsch; sister, Leila Jean Campbell, 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Monday, October 9th, 10 am at the LDS church at 1285 North Bluff St. St. George, Utah. There will also be a viewing Sunday, October 8th from 5-7 pm at Pineview Mortuary in St. George.

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