LIBERTY - Robert Rolland Welk, 82, of Liberty, peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013, joining his wife, Nancy Reapsummer Welk, who passed away on June 7, 2012.
Born on April 6, 1931, to Walter and Ethel Hoskins Welk, Robert was a lifelong resident of Liberty Township, graduating from Liberty High School in 1949.
After graduation, Robert served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea.
While attending high school, he met and later married Nancy on Sept. 29, 1956. They were members of the Girard First United Methodist Church.
Robert worked for 31 years at U.S. Steel McDonald Works and later at the Liberty School System, retiring in 1993.
Robert enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing trip to Canada, traveling and family get-togethers.
Robert leaves a son, James (Todd Conhaim) of Eliot, Maine; daughter, Judy Rader of Liberty; grandson, Andrew Rader (Angele Amar); great-grandsons, Holden of Seattle, and Kyle Rader of Laveen, Ariz.; sister, Beverly Deets; sister-in-law, Virginia Reapsummer; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Rachel Lillian Rader.
Private services will be held Saturday.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Clare Bridge of Austintown for their dedicated care of Robert.
Material contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in support of Clare Bridge's Walk To End Alzheimer's in October, 1420 S. Canfield Niles Road, Austintown, OH 44515.
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