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William E. Welstead

William E. Welstead (Bill)

Sunday, December 5th, 1926 - Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
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Obituary

William E. “Bill” Welstead passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at St. Catherine's. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m., Monday, March 29, at OakCrest Funeral Home, 4520 Bosque Blvd, Waco. Service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Woodway First United Methodist Church, 21000 West Woodway Drive (Hwy 84), Woodway, TX with Pastor Bryan Patrick officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. The family respectfully requests that all guests keep the safety of others in mind and please wear a facial covering.

Bill was born in Fremont, Nebraska on December 5, 1926 to William E. and Stella Denny Welstead. He attended school in Fremont and upon graduation entered the Army. During WWII he served in the Pacific theater and was Sgt Major with the Corps of Engineers on his discharge. Upon his return from the Army, he married Vickie Westphal on June 15, 1947. They had three children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Bill worked for an insurance and small loan company, a commercial bank, and the Veterans Administration. He ran the servicing, foreclosure, and liquidation of defaulted loans for the GI loan program in Nebraska, Arizona, Montana and Texas. They moved to Texas in 1970, and Bill retired as Asst. Regional Director of the VA in 1986.

Bill was a freemason for 70 years and served as Worshipful Master of the Fremont Nebraska lodge in 1951. He was active in the Kiwanis Club of Waco Seniors. Vickie and Bill were active members of churches throughout their travels and were members of Woodway First United Methodist.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marvin Welstead and his wife, Jean.

He is survived by Vickie, his wife of 73 years; one daughter, Julie Bradley and husband, Mark of Erie, CO; grandson; David Bradley and wife, Brandi; great-grandson, Collin and great-granddaughter, Tori of Newalla, OK; granddaughter, Arielle Barr and husband, Jeff; great-grandson, Aedan of Centennial, CO; son, Gregg Welstead and wife, Jacquie of Pensacola Beach, FL; grandsons, Brian Welstead of Orange Park, FL and GySgt, Scott Welstead, USMC and wife, Valerie of Sneads Ferry, NC; and son, Mark Welstead and wife, Carol of Hewitt, TX; granddaughter, Melissa Welstead of San Antonio, TX; grandson, Matt Welstead and wife, Emmalie; and great-grandsons, John and Andrew of Woodway, TX; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorials be made to Woodway First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 21000 West Woodway Drive, Woodway, TX 76712 or the Waco Senior Kiwanis scholarship fund c/o Jack Munson, 8217 Forest Ridge, Waco, Tx 76712.

The family would like to thank everyone associated with Ascension Providence and especially their multitude of compassionate caregivers.

Pallbearers:
Aedan Barr
Collin Bradley
David Bradley
David McCauley
Richard VanderWoude
Matt Welstead

Honorary Pallbearers:
Arielle Barr
Bart Furl
Brian Welstead
Scott Welstead
Melissa Welstead
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, March 29th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, March 29th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    Address
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
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    Notes
    The family respectfully requests that all guests keep the safety of others in mind and please wear a facial covering to the visitation.
  • Service

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 | 1:30pm
    When
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 1:30pm
    Location
    Woodway United Methodist Church
    Address
    21000 Woodway Dr.
    WACO, TX 76712
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    The family respectfully requests that all guests keep the safety of others in mind and please wear a facial covering to the service.
  • Interment

    Location
    Waco Memorial Park
    Address
    6623 Interstate 35 S
    Robinson, TX 76706
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Community Healthcare of Texas

Posted at 10:01am
Thank you for the opportunity to care for your loved one. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
SW

Sharon Whitley

Posted at 12:42pm
Mark, So very sorry to learn of your Dad’s death. Truly, you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Sharon Whitley
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Dave & Ann Whitby

Posted at 06:08pm
Our sympathy to the Welstead family during this time of loss. It's never easy to say goodbye to a beloved family member; however, we can rejoice that Bill was a believer! Our condolences to Mark, Carol and their extended family. Dave & Ann
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