Dale Alvin Welcher

Dale Alvin Welcher

February 15, 1948 - October 26, 2019

Dale Alvin Welcher, 71, of Mt. Pleasant died Saturday, October 26, 2019 at his home in Mt. Pleasant.

He was born February 15, 1948 to Alvin Edward and Beulah Evelyn (Dady) Welcher in Creston. He attended school in Lockridge then in Fairfield, participating in cross country and track. He joined the US Navy in 1967 discharged honorably in 1974. He served in Vietnam as a river patrol boat captain.

He attended Santa Clara County Community College and University in Santa Clara, CA. He earned degrees in psychology, sociology and police science. He worked as a law enforcement officer. He served under President Ronald Reagan as a Deputy US Marshall.

When he returned to Iowa, he married Paula Morris, providing for his family by hunting, fishing, gardening, raising animals for sale to others, factory work , truck driving, construction, as well as law enforcement.

He was a Kempo Karate Grand Master.

Dale was proud of his native American Cherokee heritage, his ordination by the Christian National Church, Seattle, WA, his involvement in the rescue of the Apollo 9 spacecraft in the Atlantic Ocean, the trophies won by his dogs in coon dog races, to have served as Elvis Presley’s body guard at a concert in Hawaii, meeting Bill Graham while in Vietnam and walking with Martin Luther King.

In August of 2008 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Beth) Newman. She survives.

He is also survived by his children, Melinda (Frank) Chatfield, Matthew Welcher, Monica (Harry) Elliot, Jessica Morton all of Fairfield, Eric (Nancy) Newman of Sycamore, IL, Evan (Becca Meerdink) Newman of Urbana, IL, and Ethan Newman of New York, NY, his mother, Beulah Welcher of Mt. Pleasant, two sisters, Dolores (Tony) Beaber of Mt. Pleasant, and Dixie (Harold) Engle of Fairfield, eleven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Welcher and a grandson, Cody Chatfield.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant with Pastor Steven English officiating. Burial with military rites will be held in the Lockridge Cemetery in Lockridge.

Visitation will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church with the family meeting with friends at that time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family in care of Beth Welcher.

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