Jay Welker (90) of St. Elmo

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Published on April 11 2013 6:11 pm

Jay Welker, 90, of St. Elmo passed away at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013 in C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo, with the Rev. Randol Shrum officiating.  Burial with Military Graveside Rites by St. Elmo American Legion Post 420 in Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to service time in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, Fairview Methodist Church or donor’s choice.

Jay was born on August 7, 1922 in Fayette County, Illinois, the son of John F. and Nellie McKenzie Welker. He married Rebecca Smith on June 14, 1975 in Scottsdale, AZ. Jay was a member of  the American Legion Post #420, St. Elmo; St. Elmo Mason’s Lodge #769; Scottish Right; York Right and Shriner’s. He enjoyed flying airplanes, driving Ford mustangs, and going on trail rides.

Jay is survived by his wife, Rebecca of St. Elmo, son, John Welker of Evansville, IN, and adopted daughter, Marcia Perkins of Cedar Rapids, IA.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister: Audrey W. and husband Harold E. Belden.