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Eugene "Gene" L. Welp, 81, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital. Gene was born July 10, 1935 in St. Marks, Indiana, the son of Clement and Cornelia (Schulte) Welp. He married LaVerne Fleck on June 12, 1958.
Gene was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery and he started Washington Auto Trim in September of 1960, and owned and operated it for over 56 years. He also was a member of the Park and Spark Car Club and a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife LaVerne Welp of Washington; son Keith Welp and his wife Mitzi of Washington; daughter Sheri Fields and her husband Rocky of Washington; brother Don Welp and his wife Joan of Jasper; sister Kathy Wanninger and her husband Joe of Jasper; grandchildren Brittany Bean and her husband Luke, Brittany Derr and her husband Chris, Todd Clark, Luke Fields, Emily Fields, Mikel Alcantar, Maria Alcantar; and six great-grandchildren. Gene is preceded in death by his parents; infant son Joseph Welp; grandson Ryan Keith Welp; and a sister, Darlene Senninger.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 305 N. Second St., Montgomery, with Rev. James Koressel celebrating. Friends may visit with Gene's family Monday from 3 p.m. until the start of the Funeral Mass of 5 p.m. and at the conclusion of the Funeral Mass until 8 p.m. at the church. A private burial will be held at a later date at Sugarland Memory Gardens. Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., Vincennes, has been entrusted with Gene's final arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to Gene's family and friends at www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.
Published on April 12, 2017
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