I remember hearing that your date of birth and death are not as important as the dash between them, your life, and how you lived it is what matters - My Dads DASH was HUGE, H Neal Welker was larger than life, big personality and laugh. He would put people at ease and make them feel fantastic - He Loved Life
He was born July 30, 1936 in Clarkston Wa. to Emma and Harry Welker; he had one sister Vera Jane and two brothers Bob and Marv
My Dad started working at a young age shinning shoes and his work ethic was like no other, He worked for Potlach Forest in Lewiston Id. My Dad went to work for GTE ( Yellow Pages) and totally kicked ass, he was always one of the top sales people and moved up fast. We moved from Everett Wa. to Anchorage Ak. and then onto Spokane Wa. promotions at every location
My Dad was my biggest supporter, ally and friend - We had season tickets for the Seattle Seahawks, late 70's through the early 80's in the Kingdome and really bonded over the trips from Spokane to Seattle. My Dad Loved Life!!!
In 1987ish my Dad moved to Southern California, Orange County area, where he met "his" person Peggy McGonigle - She was the Love Of His Life!! they enjoyed each other and where truly Best Friends as well - They moved to Fallbrook Ca., a very beautiful area. They were both fantastic Grandparents to my son Chaz - Peggys Daughter Nora, also blessed them with two beautiful girls Ellie and Lesley, they lovingly called him "NealPa"- he ate it up. Grandpa had a very special bond with Chaz, they loved talking and figuring stuff out. NealPa worked at Harrahs Casino in North County San Diego, He loved it and truly loved the people he worked with and the customers, he was a true people person. Peggy Passed a few years ago, my Dad was heartbroken but looked forward to meeting up with her in heaven. My Dad also served this country for 8 years in the Airforce - He absolutely was a Conservative Republican and loved to talk about it, A LOT - He loved Fox News - I think its fitting to add "Lets Go Brandon!!"
He is survived by people who are really going to miss him. He adopted two girls my Sisters Julie and Marla back in the late 60's early 70's. My cousin Debbie was also a big part of his life. He leaves one brother behind, Robert or Uncle Bob as I know him. Waiting to meet up with him in heaven are his parents Harry and Emma, his sister Vera Jane, and younger brother Marv, along with other relatives and friends. He wont be bored and he will have several stories to share with the people he loves.
WSU Cougar/Seahawk Fan For Eternity