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Eaton Community Church
Saturday September 3rd, 2022
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Thomas Everett Welch

Thomas Everett Welch, age 83, of Lewisburg, OH, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, August 25. Tom was born March 6, 1939 to the late Everett and Louise Welch. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. Tom never knew a stranger and was a friend to many.  He was a proud member of Trotwood-Madison’s Class of 1957 and a veteran of the US Army. He was blessed to have pursued many passions in his lifetime. Tom was once the youngest licensed auctioneer in the state of Ohio, a salesman for Vaniman Ford in Trotwood – where he met the love of his life – and a proud farmer. He retired from Rohm and Haas in 2001.  Tom was active in his community and church, having served as a West Alexandria volunteer fireman, Twin Township Trustee, president of the Preble County Township Trustees Association, member of American Legion Post #322, longtime member and past president of the West Alexandria Lions Club, and proud steam engine owner and member of the Darke County Steam Threshers Association. Tom was also a volunteer for the Preble County Food Bank, served as a poll worker for the Preble County Board of Elections, and was a member of the Preble County Honor Guard. He was a faithful member and past deacon of the Eaton Church of the Brethren and was a volunteer with Brethren Disaster Ministries with whom he participated in many mission trips with cherished friends.  Tom was preceded in death by his parents and sisters-in-law, Jimmie Lou Singleton and Katherine Hill. He is survived by his beloved bride of 58 years, Virginia, and their children, Tom and wife, Carolen, Dublin, OH; Wendy Dawkins and husband, Richard, West Alexandria, OH; Susan Schaurer and husband, Chad, Eaton, OH. He leaves behind his treasured grandchildren, Thomas Everett III (Trey), Cole, and Lilly Welch; Gabrielle Dawkins; and Lauren and Jake Schaurer. He is also survived by his siblings, Walter Welch, Somerset, KY; Joanne (Ron) Hughes, Tipp City, OH; Carole (Don) Lane, Liberty Township, OH; and Patti (Jack) Miller, Brookville, OH; special brother-in-law Martin Hill, Brookville, OH; sisters-in-law, Nita (Nolan) Bedford, Spring, TX; Donna Rice, Coalfield, TN; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022 from 11:00 am until time of funeral service at 1:00 pm at the Eaton Community Church, 813 Camden Road, Eaton, OH 45320 with Pastor Dan Denlinger officiating. Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery in West Alexandria.  Gard Funeral Home, Eaton is assisting with arrangements.  Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be given to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420 or Common Good Food Pantry, 113 South Cherry Street, Eaton, OH 45320.  Online condolence and other remembrances may be sent by visiting www.gardfuneralhome.com.

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Commodore Preble Chapter, NSDAR, extends their condolences to the family and friends of Thomas Everett Welch, a U.S. Army veteran. Thank you for his service.

Cookie Young, DAR Sep 20 2022 2:47 PM

Tom you are missed.
Like they say in the song,
“We’ll meet again,
Don’t know where,
Don’t know when”
But we’ll meet again.

Ron Botica Sep 2 2022 8:22 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your fami?y.

Martha Hill Sep 2 2022 5:57 PM

I met Tom at the Eaton Food Bank where we both were volunteers. He was such a kind and caring person, and we were all blessed to have him work with us. He is greatly missed by all.

Brenda Catto Gant Sep 2 2022 4:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Welch

Barbara Cox Sep 2 2022 8:48 AM

Ginny, my thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Tom was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Prayers for the Lord to surround you with comfort and love.

Martha Roudebush Aug 30 2022 9:09 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Thomas Welch

Don & Arthella Pollock Aug 29 2022 6:02 PM

Tom was a wonderful person and will be missed by the Class of 1957! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Ellen and Rod Hoover Aug 29 2022 2:51 PM

RIP Tom.

Frank Titus Aug 29 2022 10:50 AM

I was so sorry to see Tom had passed away. I remember him as a fire fighter. My memories are from years ago. I thought you two were such a beautiful couple together. You both always seemed so poised and content. You were blessed with many years together. How fortunate for you. I'll be thinking and praying for you and your family during this difficult time. God bless you, Ginny.
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