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Richard Welker

Richard W. Welker

Monday, August 24th, 1925 - Thursday, December 24th, 2020
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Welker, Richard W. (Flag) - December 24, 2020 - Age 95 - Passed away at the Rosa Coplon Living Center. Beloved husband of the late Marie "Reggie" (nee LoDestro) Welker. Devoted father of Michele (Thomas) Rejent, Paulette (Richard Cole) Welker, Christine (Mark) Flaschner and step father of Michael Berns and Karen Berns Phelps. Loving grandfather of Kristin and Sarah Rejent. Dear brother of the late Jeanne Willis and Shirley Ayotte. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Memorials in Richard's memory to connect life.org Born and raised in Buffalo, NY,
Richard was a Navy Veteran of WW II. He attended aviation school and flew on convoy patrols for submarines in N. Africa. While stationed in Algiers, he took up boxing and won the middleweight championship.
Richard played baseball at a very young age and continued to play during his years in the Navy. While stationed in California, he was trained by 3 major league veterans to play center field. That eventually lead him to be scouted by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played ball until 1951 and was voted MVP. He continued to play ball for the Simon Pure team here in Buffalo. He was inducted into the Softball Hall of Fame in 1977.
Richard began his auto sales career with Brost Motors on Main St. in the early 50's. He went on to sell cars for Awald/Paddock Chevrolet and retired in 1989. He achieved top salesman for 25 years. and was inducted to the Legion of Leaders for Chevrolet. During his career in auto sales he bowled in the Buffalo Classic League on an all left handed team. He qualified and bowled on Beat the Champs 8 times. He also spent 20 years in the Erie County Sherriff's Marine Division Reserve. Richard had a great love for the outdoors. If he wasn't winning championships at Brighton Golf Course, he was traveling the world on many excursions and guided trips for fishing and large game hunting.
Richard was a WW II veteran, professional athlete, accomplished golfer and bowler, automobile salesman and had a great passion for the outdoors.
Arrangements by the C. Mertz and Son Funeral Home, Inc. Share condolences at www.mertzfh.com
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Suzanne and Roy

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We love you!! All of you are in our hearts and in our prayers!! Your NC BFF!
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Denise Isch

Posted at 11:10am
Dear Paulette, Michele and Christine,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May the fond memories of his accomplished life bring you good reflections and peace.


Love,
Denise Isch, Amanda and Jake
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Sue and Gary Burr

Posted at 08:58am
In memory of the man who loved life!
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Sue Waterman Burr

Posted at 08:47am
I knew this beautiful man for over 62 years. His family was also my family and my heart aches for their loss. They took me on as their own giving me the most wonderful memories. Now he rests in the arms of Jesus and dances with Reggie once again. Until we meet again you will be highly missed. When we do meet again, I’d like to hear you say, Hi eyeballs! To the entire Welker family, I loved your dad and I love all of you too!
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