Herbert Welton Obituary

Herbert A. Welton
Herbert A. Welton
Herbert A. Welton

September 24, 1917 - October 8, 2014
Born in Ottumwa, IA
Resided in West Des Moines, IA
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Herbert A. Welton, 97, of Des Moines died in the early hours of October 8, 2014 at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Iles Dunn's Chapel in Des Moines. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Shaul Cemetery, Ottumwa, IA.

Mr. Welton was born September 24, 1917 in Ottumwa, IA to Lottie Mae (Kiefer) and Ernest H. Welton. When his father taught him proper use of a hammer and saw it ignited a lifelong passion for building. After graduating Ottumwa High School in 1934 he earned an engineering degree from Iowa State College in 1941.

World War II brought service in the Army Corps of Engineers. Before serving 2 years in France Mr. Welton married Darlene Jones on January 15, 1944. Their marriage would last more than half a century.

Leaving active duty in 1946 Mr. Welton began an engineering career that spanned nearly sixty years. His skill was put to work in projects that ranged from simple home additions to giant grain elevators.

A special joy in his life was teaching Sunday school for pre-kindergarten children at First Methodist Church in Sioux City and later St. John's United Methodist in Des Moines.

Mr. Welton is survived by his brother, Francis of Stewart, TN; daughter, Pamela Ann Binder of Rockford, IL; son, Marcus Alan of Des Moines and two grandsons, David Adam Binder and Thomas Andrew Binder of Rockford, IL. His wife preceded him in death.

The family would like to thank the staff of Arbor Springs for the care given the last four years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, MT.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, October 11, 2014
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Saturday, October 11, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Shaul Cemetery
1339 Bluegrass Road
Ottumwa, IA US 52501
Saturday, October 11, 2014