Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

Steve Wesley Welch, 51, of Chillicothe died at 5:58 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at home surrounded by his family.

Born Aug. 31, 1961, in Tyler, Texas, to Vaughn (Bud) and Sandra (Martin) Welch, he married Janey Goodman on Jan. 4, 1992, in Houston, Texas. She survives.

Surviving are his parents, Vaughn (Bud) and Sandra of Tyler, Texas; children, Matthew and Katie, both of Chillicothe; and one sister, Sheryl (Paul) Welch-Philpot of Tyler, Texas. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Sharon Goodman; sister-in-law, Terry (Chet) Coffey; and brother-in-law, Bob (Melissa) Goodman.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Robert W. Goodman Sr., and brother-in-law, Daniel L. Goodman, both in 2010.

He was a former member of Tallowood Baptist Church and University Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

He was an active participant and coach of several sports throughout his life. He played golf in high school, was an avid runner during early/middle adulthood, and also enjoyed disc golfing. He ran Tenneco marathons in Houston along with a multitude of fun runs around Houston and East Texas. He was a member of the Peoria Frisbee Club for several years and later decided to devote his life to coaching soccer for the Inter-Community Soccer League in Washington, as well as recreational leagues for Pearce Community Center. He served as community coordinator for Pearce Soccer and president of the ISCL for many years while maintaining certification as an Illinois patched soccer referee.

He received a civil engineering degree from Texas A&M University in 1984 with recognition as a distinguished student and membership in Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society). He received the Outstanding Young Men of America Award in 1987 and later earned his Professional Engineering Licenses in 1990 (Texas) and 1993 (Illinois). He was currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He battled Leiomyosarcoma, a rare smooth muscle/tissue cancer, for almost six years while maintaining his activities, hobbies, and employment at Lewis, Yockey, and Brown Engineering Inc. in El Paso until August 2012.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. The Rev. Andy Tyler of First United Methodist Church in Hico, Texas, will officiate. Interment will be in Chillicothe City Cemetery. A visitation service will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Illinois Cancercare Foundation, St. Jude Children Hospital or to the charity of donor's choice.

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