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Roy W. Welch, Jr.

July 28, 1945 ~ February 16, 2022 (age 76)


CHAMPAIGN, IL-  Roy W. Welch, Jr., 76, of Champaign, passed away at 11:52 AM, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.


Graveside services will be held at 1:00PM, Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.  Renner-Wikoff Chapel,  1900 S. Philo Rd, Urbana, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Roy was born July 28, 1945 in Urbana, son of Roy William, Sr. and Pauline Lydia (Breighner) Welch.   He married Karen White on March 1, 1970. She survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, April Toliver (IN) and Mandy Welch (Champaign), four grandchildren, Canaan Welch, Judah Welch, Ainsley and Brynn Tolliver.  Also surviving are his sister Marilyn Wease and brother Robert Welch, both of Urbana. 

Roy graduated from Urbana High School in 1963. He then went on to proudly serve in the Air Force. Returning home, he continued his love of aviation, working at Willard Airport for over 20 years. Roy then moved on to work as a desk clerk and the U of I Union. He retired in 2007 to continue to care for his wife full time.  He used that time to also indulge in his loves of music and building his die cast car collection. Roy was a long time devoted member of First Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the church in his memory are welcome. Condolences may be offered at

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