Nov. 3, 2017

ROCK ISLAND — Michael F. Welch, 73, of Rock Island, died Friday, November 3, at Mission Memorial Hospital in Mission, Texas.

Mike was born in Moline to Ralph and Mary (McCallum) Welch on December 13, 1943. He attended schools in Moline and Rock Island, graduating from Moline High School in 1961.

Mike worked for Farmall International/Navistar for 37 years. He then worked for 16 years as a bus driver for Park Vista Retirement Village in Moline.

In June 1989 he was married to Vicki Labath in Indianapolis, Indiana. The couple have been Rock Island residents since 1999, and have spent winters in Mission for 13 years.

Mike was a loving husband, father and grandpa. He loved all his grandkids and was always very proud of them. He was a Chicago sports fanatic all his life. (Sorry, not the CUBS)!

He is survived by his wife, Vicki; three sonss Scott (Kathy), Michael and Lucas; a daughter, Ann Jones; and a step-son, Christopher (Amy) Labath. Six grandchildren, Samantha and Paul Welch, Ryan and Hannah Jones, Summer and Savanna Labath. Also surviving is his “favorite mother-in-law,” Carletta Campbell; four sisters, Peggy Meyers, Janet DeRoo, Jill Reeder and Mary Jo (Jim) Ivey; two brothers, Pat and Gary (Betty) Welch. He will be missed by his extended family and friends.

Preceding Mike in death were his parents: Ralph and Mary, brothers-in-law, Virgil Meyers and Dan DeRoo.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. at American Legion Post 26, 702 W. 35th St. in Davenport. A luncheon will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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