David Wendell Welker, 67, of Castalian Springs, Tenn., went home peacefully on September 9, 2017, following a courageous year-long battle with cancer. Born in Gallipolis, Ohio, on September 29, 1949, to Thomas and Helen Brown Welker, he lived most of his life in West Virginia. David was a merchant marine, worked at the Volkswagon Stamping Plant in South Charleston and retired from Steel Summitt in La Vergne, Tenn. He was a Second Degree Mason.
David knew that the true meaning of success was measured by the love of your family and he spent the last year making every moment count.
He is survived by his four daughters and their husbands, Martha and Bub Jones and Rebecca and Thomas Montgomery of Dunbar, Carrie and Charles Lambert of Buffalo, and April and John McVey of Nitro; 13 grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Eleanor Welker of Dunbar; and his sister, Janet Sue Liberty of St. Albans. He had many nieces and nephews as well as close friends.
In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by his brothers Chuck, Lewis and Bill Welker.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at the Shawnee Park Clubhouse in Dunbar.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.