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Edward Roydon Welk passed away at his home in Bakersfield, CA on Sunday, July 28. He was 80 years old.
He was the son of the late Wanda Monington Welk Smith, who resided in Galilee, PA and Whitney Point, NY, and Edward E. Welk, late of Florida. Edward was born in Galilee, PA on April 2, 1939. He graduated from Damascus High School with the class of 1957. Upon graduating, Edward entered the U.S. Navy. After he was discharged, he made his home in Bakersfield, CA.
His lifetime work was as a heavy-equipment operator in the oil fields in California. He is predeceased by his wife of 28 years, Martha “Marty” Coffey Squires Welk.
He is survived by four sisters, Arlene Bigart and husband Joseph, Elaine Schuster and husband Phil, Michele Greene and husband Douglas, all of NY, and Opal Hocker and husband Lyle of PA; two step sons, Steven and Carey Squires; two step-grandchildren, Jeffery and Sarah; and many nieces and nephews.
He will be especially missed by his sister and brother-in-law, George and Edna Coffey, and family members from California, who were so important to him in his life. His family members on the East Coast are forever grateful for their love and care of our brother who lived so far away.
During his lifetime, “Eddie” enjoyed golfing, hill-climbing and auto-racing. In his later years, his favorite pastimes were spent in his beloved garage, working on many projects and refinishing furniture with George and the buddies, as well as caring for his beautiful flower gardens.
He will be interred next to his beloved wife, “Marty,” in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Bakersfield, CA. Graveside services will be at the convenience of the family.