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|Alan R. Welter
July 18, 1956–April 19, 2013
|Alan R. Welter, age 56, of rural Onslow, died Friday, April 19, 2013 at 5:55 p.m. at his home following a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Friends and relatives of Alan called from 2 to 8 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, where a wake service was held at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Temple Hill, with Rev. Neil Manternach officiating. Assisting Deacon was Joe Schockemoehl.
Eucharistic Ministers were Dan Welter, Joan Turnis and Karen Knepper. Mass Servers were David Turnis, Nick Welter, and Marty Knepper. Lectors were Brenda Turnis and Joan Hoffmann. Placing of the pall was done by Ann Turnis, Joan Turnis, Connie Singletary, Julie Shay and Karen Knepper. Giftbearers were Kristi Frohling and Abby Welter.
Honorary pallbearers were Nathan Johnson, Brian Manternach, Matt Manternach, George Maxwell, Mike Meade, Chris Meade, Loren Mohr, Rob Stoll, Tom Stoll, Joe Trumm and Don Vobejda.
Casketbearers were Mel Welter, Dan Welter, Les Welter, Herb Welter, Ken Welter and Jim Welter.
Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Temple Hill, at a later date.
Alan was born on July 18, 1956, in Iowa City, the son of Herman and Veronica (Manternach) Welter. He graduated from Midland Community High School in Wyoming, Iowa in 1974. After graduating, Alan began his lifelong love of agriculture while farming with his brothers and managing Welter Seed and Honey Company, Onslow. Alan was highly regarded by his peers in the seed industry due to his expertise; he was indeed "outstanding in his field."
His work ethic was second to none and he was very proud of all the things he could accomplish in a day, a season and in his life. He loved working the land and fostering relationships with his customers, both at the seed house and with Mycogen Seeds.
While Alan enjoyed occasional travel and watching football, he lived for the smell of freshly cut hay and the hearty smell of corn and beans being combined in the fall.
Demonstrating his concern for others and hoping to further advance cancer research, Alan selflessly requested to donate his body to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
He is survived by his mother, Veronica Welter; eleven brothers and sisters, Mel (Rita) Welter of Monticello, Ann (Wayne) Turnis of Dubuque, Dan Welter of Onslow, Les Welter of Onslow, Herb (Paula) Welter of Lincoln, Nebraska, Joan (Mike) Turnis of Bernard, Ken Welter of Onslow, Jim (Denise) Welter of Onslow, Connie (Mark) Singletary of Colleyville, Texas, Julie (Pat) Shay of Ankeny, and Karen (Scot) Knepper of Cascade; twenty-seven nieces and nephews, and his cherished friend Penny Splinter of Dubuque.
Alan was preceded in death by his father, Herman Welter in 2005, and his brother Gary Welter in 1989.
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