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CARBONDALE — Harvey Welch Jr., born June 5, 1932, died Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Carbondale.

He was the loving husband of Trish, our dear father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. He had a distinguished 27 military career in the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Following his retirement, he returned to his alma mater, Southern Illinois University (SIU), where he was named Dean of Students prior to serving as Vice President and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs from 1987 to 2000. His life was dedicated in service to others.

The funeral service for Harvey Welch Jr. will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Chautauqua St. in Carbondale, with Pastor Paul Waterman presiding. The internment will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday evening, May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Epiphany Lutheran Church.

Memorial gifts may be given in Harvey's memory to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, 1001 E. Touhy Ave., Suite 50, Des Plaines, IL 60018 or to the Harvey and Trish Welch Scholarship Fund at the SIU Foundation, Colyer Hall, 1235 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 6805, Carbondale, IL 62901-4308.

Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale is in charge of arrangements. To share a memory or story of Harvey, visit www.meredithfh.com.

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