John Welsh

WELSH, John Baker (Jack), of Akron, died peacefully on August 27, 2013.

Jack was born in 1924 in Wheeling, West Virginia. Jack was the only son of the late George Thomas and Luella Baker Welsh.

Jack was the lead navigator for the 15th Air Force, 745th Bomb Group during WWII. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, two clusters, European Theater Ribbon, Four Battle Stars and the Presidential Unit Citation, were achieved through a total of 34 missions.

After the war Jack graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. Jack was recruited into the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, a Fortune 100 Company. Jack retired from Firestone after many years of service as a Corporate Officer and the Corporate General Auditor.

No article on Jack would be complete without a review of his love for golf. He had the uncanny ability to score far better when money was on the line. When you need to bring game, it was tough to find a fiercer competitor. Throughout his life, Jack held many titles: Lieutenant (USAF), General (Auditor), President (Home Owner’s Association), Governor (Gyro), Sandbagger (Golf)… but we know and love him by his favorite title… “Dad”.

Preceding him in death were his beloved wife, Dolly of 66 years; his son, Shawn; and his sister, Dorothy Welsh Johnson.

Survivors include his daughter, Sally (Stein); his son, Tom Welsh; and his daughter, Mary Kathleen (Thompson); grandchildren, Shannon (Wick), Kelly (Miller), Robert Welsh, Katie (Carmody), and Brian, Michael, and Casey Thompson; great-grandchildren, Tegan and Banyan Welsh, Jack, Shawn, Anna and Alex Wick, Bryce and Cora Miller, and Reagan Carmody; niece’s, Nancy Ballengee, and Luann Hague.

Calling hours will be at the Hennessy Funeral Home, 552 Main Street, Akron, Ohio on Thursday, August 29th from 4-8 p.m.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be Friday August 30th at 11:30 a.m. at St. Hillary’s Catholic Church on West Market Street, Fairlawn, Ohio.

Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.