Dr. Marshall D. Welch, Jr., 85, of Williamsport, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at his home.
Born March 18, 1929 in Williamsport, he was a son of Marshall D. and Kathryn (Siegel) Welch, Sr. He married Mary (Lindsay) Welch in 1954 and would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on October 9 of this year.
Dr. Welch graduated high school from Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, VA. He attended Gettysburg College, where he was also a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He received his D.D.S. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in 1954. After dental school, he served in the U.S. Navy stationed in Philadelphia and Adak, Alaska during the Korean War.
Dr. Welch opened his orthodontic practice in Williamsport in 1958 and for 47 years enthusiastically served the Williamsport and Bloomsburg areas until his retirement in 2005.
Dr. Welch may best be remembered for being a philanthropist, contributing to many organizations, charities, and educational institutions throughout his life. He was a member of the Williamsport Rotary and had served on the board of the Williamsport Water Authority for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the Dunwoody Hunting Club since 1947. Dr. Welch was a ham radio operator using call sign W3JBJ, was an avid pilot, and home aircraft builder. He also enjoyed woodworking and metalworking. He and Mary always welcomed their many friends in the beloved workshop. Dr. Welch simply loved Williamsport and the surrounding north central PA area. He could never understand why anyone would want to live anywhere else.
Surviving in addition to his wife Mary, are three sons, Scott Welch (Joyce) of Cogan Station, Graham L. Welch of Lancaster, OH, and Marshall D. Welch, III of Williamsport, two grandchildren Abigail and Marshall D. Welch, IV, four step-grandchildren and seven step-great grandchildren, a sister Elizabeth (Welch) Brady of Columbia, MD, and his loyal dog, Gypsy, IV.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Henry W. Welch.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, September 6th at the Clarke Chapel on the campus of Lycoming College 700 College Place, Williamsport. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall on the campus of Lycoming College. Burial will be private in Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Dr. Welch’s name may be made to the Marshall D. Welch, Jr., Fund, through the First Community Foundation, 330 Pine St. Suite 400 Williamsport, PA 17701.