Donald Welch

Donald D. Welch, 95, of Winterset died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at the Madison County Memorial Hospital in Winterset. 

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, Nov. 27) at Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home Winterset Chapel with visitation one hour before the service. Burial will be in the Winterset Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Madison County Health Care System.

Donald Dwaine Welch was born on Aug. 5, 1924, in Adair County, Iowa, to Henry George Welch and Della Irene (Harris) Welch. The family moved to Madison County when Don was young and in 1943, he graduated from DeSoto High School in DeSoto. Because of health problems, Don was not drafted into WW II. Don was a life-long farmer, first working for Cy McDonald Sr., and then in 1947 went to work for Guye Farms with Dorothy and Eldridge Guye. They were looking for someone to help out with about two weeks’ worth of work. As it turned out, Don never left until he retired in 2000. In 1952, Don was seriously injured when he got his arm caught in a round bailer. When Eldridge died in 1968, Don stayed on the farm to work for Dorothy. He loved his pets, especially his dogs. In 2001, Don married Florence McCauley Stalheim. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Florence; sister, Martha Irene Barber; and brothers, Howard Welch and Dale Welch. 

He is survived by a step son, Marty “Wolf” McCauley.

Arrangements are being handled by Caldwell Parrish  Funeral Home, Winterset Chapel. Online condolences  may be left at

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