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Raymond Welter

Raymond Donald "Skip" Welter

Tuesday, June 8th, 1937 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Raymond “Skip” Welter, 82, of Lamont, IA passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester, IA.

Skip was born on June 8, 1937 in Raymond, IA the son of John and Emma Suzanne (Reuter) Welter. He attended country schools north of Independence and graduated from Lamont High School in 1956. On November 5, 1958, he was united in marriage to Donna Lee Wells at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lamont, IA. Skip worked for several years as a mechanic and construction worker, before Skip and Donna purchased her family’s farm in Lamont in 1969. For the next 47 years, Skip dutifully farmed his land and took care of his family before finally retiring in 2016. Skip and Donna also enjoyed an annual trip to Tucson, AZ in January to visit their daughter Linda and granddaughter Erica.

He was loved deeply by his entire family, friends and community. He was known for his integrity, his honesty, and his strong work ethic. In addition to loving his farm and nature, he was an amazing mechanic who never encountered a tractor that he couldn’t fix. Skip was also a great storyteller who enjoyed sharing his personal memories with family and friends. He liked to stay busy and couldn’t sit still for very long. Skip was also an avid fisherman and mushroom and deer hunter. He passed his knowledge and values on to his children and grandchildren. Skip often said when fishing with his grandchildren that he didn’t care if he caught another fish as long as each of the grandkids caught one. He was also an expert bags player who often surprised others with his great skill. Skip also served many years as a hospitality minister at St. Mary’s Church and will be missed by so many.

Skip is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Donna Welter, Lamont, IA, his children; Lori (James) McConville of Waterloo, Mike (Andrea) Welter of Lamont, Jerry (June) Welter of Parkersburg, Linda Welter of Tucson, AZ, Mark “Buzz” (Kim) Welter of Central City, and Kathy Young of Lamont; his 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his brothers Dale (Marie) Welter of Fairfax, VA, and Jim (Marilyn) Welter of Masonville, IA; his sister Dorothy Erger of Cedar Rapids; and many nieces and nephews. Skip was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and mentor to many. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Emma Welter, his brothers; Alvin, Jerome and Lawrence; his sisters; Geneva O’Donnell and Eileen McGuire; his brother-in-law Dennis Erger; and his sister-in-law Nancy Welter.

A Memorial Mass in his honor and a celebration of life will be held from 12 PM until 3 PM on Sunday July 5, 2020, at Scout Park 405 Concord St. Lamont, IA. . A private family burial was held at St. Albert Cemetery, Lamont, IA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Iowa Chapter of the American Cancer Society at 4080 1st Ave. NE #101, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. The Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.
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    Location
    Scout Park
    Address
    405 Concord St
    LAMONT, IA
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    A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of Raymond Welter from 12 PM until 3 PM on Sunday July 5, 2020, at Scout Park 405 Concord St. Lamont, IA.
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Albert Cemetery
    Address
    LAMONT, IA
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Donna Hennessey

Posted at 01:42am
Hello,
So sorry to hear of the loss of Skip Welter, Larry (Hennessey) and I knew and met you in Florida several times . He spoke how wonderful Skip was and I am sure he will be missed so much. Words cannot express the loss and you Donna and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Gods Blessings to your family, Donna Hennessey and Family
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Lee Gamm

Posted at 02:13pm
Lori and Marty,

So sorry to hear of the death of your dad and father-in-law. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Lee and Julia Gamm
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Nancy Heaverlo

Posted at 09:03pm
Sending condolences to Donna and all your family for the tragic loss of “Skip”. Will always remember him having a smile and good word for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this trying time.

Nancy Heaverlo and Earl Iben
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Tim Wright

Posted at 12:31pm
God claimed the life of a GREAT man that day. Not much else to say. No words at this time can take the pain away from all those who are grieving that were touched by his greatness and being a loving husband, father, grandfather and a good friend to so many. Take comfort in knowing his untimely passing was doing one of the things he was so passionate about. Caring for his farm and making improvements on his property that he took so much pride in. That didn't go unnoticed by the community, it was easy to tell Skip took pride in his family and worldly possessions and liked keeping things looking tidy.
CH

carlyn hunt

Posted at 02:23pm
Donna,
So sorry to hear of your husbands untimely death.
Your sadness now is a reflection of the love of the one who is gone and a sure sign you have loved well. .
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