LEXINGTON, Ky. - Ralph W. Welch, 75, husband of Shirley Hill Welch, passed away Sun. March 17, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital. Born June 3, 1937 in Whitman, WV, he was the son of the late John and Pearl Hurley Welch. Mr. Welch was a retired purchasing agent for Island Creek Coal Company where he had been the purchasing liaison for the China Coal Project for Occidental Petroleum. He was a member of Southern Heights Baptist Church.
Survivors other than his wife include a son, David Michael (Darelene) Welch; one granddaughter, Shannon Haney; three great grandchildren, Chase, Cameron, and Colton Haney, all of Lexington, KY; two brothers, John Welch, Jr. and James Robert Welch; a sister, Rita Hill; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be 11 am Thurs. at Southern Heights Baptist Church, 3408 Clays Mill Rd., Lexington, KY by Pastor Bill Boldt. Burial will follow in Blue Grass Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 5-8 pm Wed. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home - Harrodsburg Rd.
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