Duane Gregory Welch


August 23, 1932 - December 12, 2016


Duane Gregory Welch was born August 23, 1932 in Fulton, SD to Ellery and Ethel (Harris) Welch. He graduated from Plano High School and enlisted in the Army in 1953 and served until 1955. On October 19, 1955 he married Elaine Degen. Duane was employed throughout the years at Rozum Motor Company, Farmers Coop Elevator and Myers Oil Company.

Grateful for having shared his life his wife of 61 years, Elaine, three children: Greg (Marina) Welch of Las Vegas, NV, Sharon Syrstad and Sandy (Randy) Hanssen of Mitchell, two brothers: Jim (Dee) Welch of Coon Rapids, MN, Denny (Janice) Welch of Mitchell, one sister, Ruth (John) Paulson of Carson, ND; six grandchildren: Andrea Syrstad of Harlan, IA, David Syrstad of Longmont, CO, Ashley (Chad) Hunt of Sioux Falls, SD, Jesse Hanssen of Monument, CO, Jennifer (Jason) Breidenbach of Sioux Falls, SD and Jason (Becca) Hanssen of Volga, SD; six great-grandchildren: Ellie Breidenbach, Kinzey Breidenbach, Landon Hanssen, Carter Hanssen, Alexis Hanssen and Kamden Hunt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Joseph, one sister, Glays Hasz, one brother, Paul Welch, one sister-in-law, Vi  Degen, three brothers-in-law, Dean Lowrie, Ken Hasz and Delbert Degen.



Wednesday, December 14, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, December 15, 2016
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball Street
Mitchell, South Dakota


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by The Ukenta Family on December 26, 2016
To the dear family of Mr. Welch, we are truly sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies and may you have peace. "Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers (thoughts) by means of Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6, 7
Posted by Warren & Pam Dibbert on December 15, 2016
We are missing Duane along with your family, our deepest sympathy.
Posted by Ed &Beverly Degen on December 13, 2016
Ed and I will miss him so much He was a great Brother- in- Law.
Posted by Kay on December 13, 2016
Sharon - So sorry to hear about your Dad. My sympathy to you all.
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