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George Shephard Welsh, Sr.
November 4, 1948 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of our beloved Husband, Dad, Father-in-Law, PawPaw, and friend to many. George Shephard Welsh, AB5TB (SK), passed away peacefully on November 13, 2023. He was born in Galveston, Texas, to Eldred and Dorothy Welsh on November 4, 1948.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1968-1974. Stationed in the East African country of Ethiopia, he was a Communications Specialist. Following his service in the Army, George continued his fascination with communications as an amateur radio operator which afforded him the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and keep in touch with those closest to him.
Upon returning from duty, he met his wife of 52 years, Mary Kamencak, also from Galveston. He worked at Todd’s Shipyard for a number of years. Shortly after marriage, George and Mary settled in Alta Loma (now part of Santa Fe), and he began a successful career at AMOCO Refinery in Texas City. To say he loved to work is an understatement. His quick wit, strong work ethic, and fine attention to detail resulted in numerous promotions throughout his career on a high school education. In his spare time, he enjoyed building and racing a go-kart on their acreage with his two children, Mandy and George Jr “Little George”.
Retirement afforded George the ability to travel and watch his children and grandchildren flourish. George and Mary traveled in their motor home to various parts of the United States, but they particularly enjoyed their friendships in the DeMontrond RV group and the WWW RV group. The memories and friendships ascertained were deeply cherished. George didn’t stay idle too long, as he was meticulous about his yard, his motorhome, and his vehicles.
George’s children and grandchildren were his pride and joy. His four grandchildren, Emily and Grant Hardee and Lane and Landon Welsh, kept him going in this Jeep traveling to their sporting games and other activities or performances over the years. He was their teacher, mentor, and hero. His lessons are ones they will always cherish close to their hearts.
George is preceded in death by his father, Eldred Shephard Welsh, and one brother-in-law, Gary Phillips.
George is survived by his loving mother, Dorothy Welsh; wife, Mary Welsh; children, Mandy (Jason) Hardee & George (Gina) Welsh, Jr; brother, Wayne (Penny) Welsh; sisters Eldreda Phillips, Debbie (Richard) Orewiler, and Darlene (Thomas) Girton. Welsh's grandchildren include Emily and Grant Hardee; and Lane and Landon Welsh. George had many, many friends whose lives he touched in a variety of ways. He will be greatly missed by all.
Revelation 21:4 – “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”