In the afternoon of Saturday, January 3, 2015, Wayne Robert Welsch passed peacefully away at his home in Davis, California, with his wife and sons by his side.
Wayne was born on September 10, 1945, in Madison, Wisconsin. His parents, Robert and Ardith, and his sister, Janet, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sisters Wanda Smith of Madison, Wisconsin, and Jenny Welsch, of Englewood, Colorado.
Wayne and his wife, JoEllen, were in their tenth year of marriage and lived in Davis the entire time. They have enjoyed a life filled with love, laughter, friends, travel and music. Wayne was such a big-hearted and generous soul. Everyone who met him was instantly enamored with his quick wit, sense of humor and warmth, and putting other's needs and wants before his own was second nature. When someone became Wayne's friend, they were a friend for life and never forgotten. Wayne has traveled the United States from one end to the other and everywhere in between, he's been to Africa, and made several trips to Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Music was an integral part of Wayne's life. He loved nothing more than to go to concerts and Broadway musicals, and he always had music playing in his office while at work. Wayne's biggest priority in life, however, was his family and in particular his blended family. His son Bryan is a successful audio/video expert, and he and his wife, Malisa, enjoy a lively household with their 4-legged "children" in Roseville. Nicholas has a flourishing construction business in Redding and also has a lively household with his four children, Tyler, Isabel, Brady and Hadley. Wayne's youngest son, Jacob, is a sophomore Economics major at UC Davis and is enjoying playing for the UC Davis Men's Rugby Team and fraternity life with Phi Delta Theta.
Wayne had a few occupations during his lifetime, but the longest and most satisfying was as a structured settlement broker with EPS Settlements Group. He was not only a successful consultant on the production side, but was also involved in training and in an advisory capacity. He made a mark in the industry and with everyone he came into contact with for his integrity, professionalism, fair-dealing and straightforward approach.
One of Wayne's many endearing qualities was his sense of humor, which accompanied him throughout his entire life. If he were here, Wayne would wish to be remembered by all, but only as long as there is a smile on your face.
There will be a Celebration of Wayne's life at 1:00 on January 24 at Wayne and JoEllen's home at 621 Francisco Place in Davis. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations in memory of Wayne with the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345 (option 2) or on their website at www.cancer.org. Your donations can be restricted to Prostate Cancer in you choose.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
American Cancer Society
Wayne and JoEllen's Home 621 Francisco Place in Davis