Keith was born August 5, 1933, in Luana, Iowa, the son of Clair & Vera (Jones) Welch, & died December 17, 2016, in Ankeny, Iowa. He grew up in Hartley, IA, & Spokane, WA, & graduated from Monona, IA, H.S.; served with the US Army in Germany during the Korean War; attended Coe College; was a charter member of the Ankeny Izaak Walton League; operated Welch’s 66 Service in Des Moines; & retired from Lister Industries, LTD. He had lived in Ankeny the past 52 years.
He married Pat Thompson on December 27, 1958, at the Elkhart Christian Church, & is survived by her & their five children: Kyle (Mike, dec’d) Helm, Karol (Craig) Greer, Keith II (Missy), Kent (Robin), & Kara (Clint) Wahe. He & Pat have 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, & one great—great granddaughter. He is also survived by his brother & sister-in-law, Bill & Nancy Welch.
Keith was preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law Mike Helm, sisters Hope Donahy & Jean Spoonemore & brothers-in-law Don Donaghy & Wayne Spoonemore.