James Isaac Welch, 81, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died of natural causes in his home on June 16, 2021. He was born on June 19,1939 in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Isaac James Welch and Thelma Neille.
Raised predominately by his beloved grandmother Martha, known as GrandWelch, James (Jim) grew up in Boston, Massachusetts.
An only child his many cousins where more like his brothers and sisters. After high school, Jim enlisted in the Army and became a Military Policeman. A Vietnam Veteran, he served 21 years before he retired in 1980 at Ft. Carson. He was awarded: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ 5 Bronze Stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/ 4th Award, Army Commendation Medal w/2D Oak Leaf Cluster.
After his Military retirement, he had rewarding careers and retired from Digital Corp/HP and the D.O.C. His social nature and work ethic kept him working long past his retirement(s) and his last job was working at Adesa Auto Auction with many of his brother retirees.
Jim was passionate about Jazz and Blues; music filled his home and life. He was a devoted family man, married to his wife To Yon for 53 years. He was an inspiration to his children and spoiled his granddaughter Isabella, his pure joy.
In Colorado, Jim is survived by his wife To Yon Welch; daughter June D. Welch; granddaughter Isabella T. Osmundson and cousin, Ronald Welch.
In New England, he is survived by his cousins Robert Welch, Stanley Welch, Sharon Welch, Kevin Welch and their children.
In France he is survived by his daughters Martha Willenbucher, Carol Willenbucher, son James Marie and their children.
Martha Amanda Jackson Welch- Grandmother
Isaac James Welch- Father
Thelma Neille- Mother
Robert Welch- Uncle
Sarah Welch- Aunt
John Paul Welch-Son
Jim had never met a stranger and he was dearly loved. The only comfort for his family is that he has joined his dearly departed and they are rejoicing to some of his favorite songs.
A gravside service will be held at 12pm on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Published by The Gazette from Jul. 2 to Jul. 4, 2021.
I met Jim while we were both taking Criminal Justice classes at PPCC. It was there when he suggested I apply for a Security job on 3rd Shift at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). Jim, Gene, Jesse and I were a great team and had fun working together during the nights.
Jim was a gentle soul and I know the family will miss him so very much. My sympathies goes out to To Yon, June and Isabella. Holding you in my prayers and loving thoughts at this time.