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John F. Welk

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On July 23, 2015 @ 5:16 pm In Obituaries | 3 Comments

John Forster Welk 65, of Mt. Joy passed away on July 4th, 2015 at Lancaster General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Lancaster on  Sept. 29,1949 he was the son of the late John M. Welk and Melanie Forster Welk.

John attended Hempfield High School. John over the years was employed by Howmet, Fleetwood Homes and Armstrong World Industries Ceiling Plant of Marietta, for 25 years.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt Sr. was his all time favorite driver, he enjoyed going to the races as well. Back in the day he raced flat track and liked going to the races. John enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Motor Cycles. He enjoyed listening to oldies and other music.

John was an avid Classic car collector in his collection he has a 1955 Chevy Belair, 1951 Studebaker Bullet nose, 1951 Studebaker truck, 1970 El’ Camino, 1976 & 2002 Corvettes, 1956 a Packard Clipper. John had a love for his cars enjoyed driving them.  He enjoyed sprint car/ late model racing. John had a great love for animals especially his Doberman “Louie”.

He was a member of The Sons of American Legion Elizabethtown, Milton Grove Sportsman’s Club, National Studebaker Club, Hodaka Motorcycle Club, Active member of the ALPCA license plate Club.

Surviving is his girlfriend Joan Marie Gilgore of Mt. Joy, a sister Shelia Stoll of Mountville, a step daughter Claire Hemperly of Willow Street and 3 nephews; a daughter, Rachel Welk-Smith of Pataskala, OH; and a son, John W. Welk of Willow Street, and 4 grandchildren.

Beside his parents, John was preceded in death by a stepmother Janet L. Welk and by a sister Renate Mitchell.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sat. Aug, 1, 2015 at 11:00am at the Debord  Snyder Funeral Home at 2024 Marietta Ave, Lancaster, PA with the Pastor Dennis F. Woods Officiating. Family and friends will be received one hour prior to the service 10:00-11:00am. The family requests that no colors be worn at the service.  Interment in the Longenecker’s Reformed Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Humane League of Lancaster County 2195 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, Pa 17602.


Condolences for the family of “John F. Welk”

Condolence from John High on July 31st, 2015 11:35 pm

My deepest sympathy and heart felt loss of your loved one and my dear friend since childhood. Johnny was always a very vibrant and fun loving soul to be around. I truly enjoyed my many years of friendship with him and his family. John has left a void in his passing however I am of firm belief our paths will one day cross again and I will revel once again in his laughter. May The Lord Bless each and every one of you.

Condolence from Dena G. Palacios on August 1st, 2015 10:47 am

Sheila I am sorry to hear about John’s passing. I know I had said that I would be there, but Joe was called into work.
Give Joan our condolence also.
Love you!!
Dena & Joe Palacios

Condolence from carina irizarry (stoll) on August 1st, 2015 7:59 pm

Even though i was little, i do remember spending sometime on uncle johns farm with claire:) i enjoyed the time i had with them and even though i wish i could go back in time and be able to visit more then i did,im still grateful for the sweet memories. I will miss you uncle john. I love you all. God Bless!

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