Joseph Henry (Joe) Welker
was born on October 31st, 1916 in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan and passed away peacefully on March 2nd, 2011 at his home in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 94 years.
Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife Natalie, to whom he was married for 68 years; two daughters, Patricia (Darrell) Nelson and Sharon Brown; four grandchildren, Kimberly (David), Karen, Steven and Kevin; one great-grandson, Carlton; two brothers; three sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his only son, Wayne in 1995; two brothers; and three sisters.
Joe received his education in Strasbourg and worked hard on the family homestead. In the spring of 1935, Joe and four friends came west to Summerland and there he started his lifelong love of working in the orchards. He moved to Vernon and held a number of different kinds of jobs. It was here that he met and courted Natalie Klim, and they were married in 1942. Together they started their family; Patricia, Sharon and Wayne. Joe’s dream of owning orchards became a reality in 1952 in East Vernon. This kept him and the family busy until 1974. He had many interests including being on the Executive Board of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association representing 3200 orchards from Creston to Kamloops. Joe always enjoyed dancing and socializing. Retirement created a new love, traveling with a motor home throughout Canada and the United States, visiting family and friends. He had spent a lot of time with his family throughout his life taking many, many car trips as well and loved the adventure of seeing new country and enjoying life on the road. Joe always loved a good story or joke, whether it was one of his own or someone elses. Whenever one drives around East Vernon and sees Welker Road, they will always be reminded of Joe as this road was named after him.
Cremation preceded the Funeral Service which will be held at All Saints Anglican Church on Saturday, March 12th, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. with The Reverend Canon Chris Harwood-Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Joe to the charity of their choice.
Funeral arrangements have been made with
BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5