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Donovan Welch, 84 - August 06, 2016

Donovan LeRoy Welch, 84, of Kearney, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away at his home on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.
A memorial service took place on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building.
Welch was born June 3, 1932, at Hastings to Howard Leroy and Bessie Genevieve Welch. He spent his early years in Gothenburg and Columbus and graduated from Kearney High School.
After receiving his BA degree in English from Kearney State Teachers’ College, he served with the United States Army for two years, completed an MA and PhD in English and taught English at Gothenburg High School. He later taught English and philosophy at Kearney State College/UNK from 1959 until 2015.
Welch loved Nebraska, its wind and plains, its migrating Sandhill cranes and its people, according to family members. He taught and mentored thousands of students, colleagues and writers throughout his life. As a great teacher and poet, his life and words will be remembered and treasured, stated the family.
Survivors include: his wife, Marcia Zorn Welch of Kearney; a sister, Sue (Gene) Fisher of Omaha; his daughters—Shannon (Paul) Vesely of Ottumwa, IA, Timaree (Steve) Yost of Omaha, Erin (Dennis) Lane of Blair and Kael (Omer) Sagheer of Elkhorn; his son, Chad Welch of Columbia, MD; grandchildren, their spouses and children—Simon Yost (Elissa, Aliena, Zarah), Micah Yost (Amy, Chandler, Quinn), Noah Yost (Melinda, Brooklyn, Emma, Felicity) and Christian Yost, Van Lane (Alison) and McKenna Lane Lapp (Wyatt), Aanya, Zarah and Sana Sagheer, Megan and Quinn Vesely, Collyn Vesely Ware (Nathan, Gracyn, Griffin) and Marinne Vesely Smith (Howard).
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the University of Nebraska at Kearney Foundation and designated for the Welch Family Scholarship.