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Vernal Ted Welker

Ted Welker  - Bidwell Funeral Home of St. Anthony, Idaho
Vernal Ted Welker


  Vernal Ted Welker 79, passed away Friday, Apr. 8, 2011 at his home in St. Anthony after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

Ted was born May 2, 1931 in St. Anthony, ID. the son of Vernal Leroy and Lucille Berrett Welker. He attended schools in St. Anthony and later in Riggins, ID. area. He also attended Howard County Junior College in Big Springs, Texas for several semesters while enlisted in the U.S. Airforce. He Joined the Air Force in l950 and was stationed at Randolph Field, TX. as a medic and later worked in the dental clinic. He was honorably discharged in Nov. of 1953.

He moved back to St. Anthony and took a job in West Yellowstone. There he met Margene Finlinson and they were married on Nov. 17, 1956 in St. Anthony. After working various jobs he was offered a job at the INL site (A.E.C.) working for Phillips Petroleum for 37 years retiring in l993.

Ted was a mechanic and was the family fix it man. He also loved hunting, fishing and gambling at Fort Hollywood. He also spent many hours on his front porch watching cars drive by and enjoyed watching humming birds that came to his bird feeders.He also liked to feed the squirrels that frequented his beautiful yard. He and Margene also enjoyed attending their grandchildren's many activities.

Ted is survived by his wife of 54 years Margene, St. Anthony, ID.; Children Terri (James) Beckley, Rexburg, ID.; Julie (Mike) Vickers, Sugar City, ID.; Steve (Sue) Welker, St. Anthony, ID.; and Trudy (Troy) Simpson, Blackfoot, ID.; 19 Grandchildren. one brother Wayne (Teresa) Welker and one sister Shirley Larson, both of St. Anthony, ID. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son Kevin Ted and a sister Donna Powell.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 13, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Anthony 3rd and 4th LDS Church. Friends may call at the Bidwell Funeral Home Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday. Burial will be in the Wilford Cemetery where military rites will be performed by the St. Anthony V.F.W. and American Legion. The family would like to express their thanks to the Alliance Hospice for their excellent care and concern.


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