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Lawrence Welterlen obituary (2021) – Overland Park, KS


It is with great sadness to announce that Lawrence Dabold Welterlen, beloved husband of Joan, and father of Gary and Mark, passed away peacefully on November 25, 2021 with his family in Overland Park, Kansas in the age ninety-one. .

Larry was born July 10, 1930 in Manchester New Hampshire, to Lawrence H. and Georgia (Ordway) Welterlen. At age five, Larry moved with his family to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, grew up on Walton St, and graduated from Fitchburg High in 1948. A few days after graduation, Larry enlisted in the US Navy and served four years in the Atlantic aboard the escort destroyer USS Rich, moving to Radarman (Petty Officer) 2nd Class.

In the summer of 1949, while on leave, Larry, through fellow hunters and fishermen, was introduced to Joan LaPointe of Townsend, Massachusetts. It was the start of a love story spanning more than 70 years. On July 21, 1951, he married Joan and soon two boys; Gary and Mark were on their way. With a family to support, Larry interviewed Vern Anderson for a job as a dispatcher at the Union Coal and Oil Company from 1952. Vern came to regard Larry as the son he never had and taught him everything. what he knew. Larry would work his entire career for Vern, becoming general manager of all of his companies, eventually buying Union Coal and Oil from him in 1982. Over the years, he expanded Union Coal and Oil to include an on-site recycled lubricants business. serving businesses throughout New England. Larry sold the business and retired in 1992 where, along with Joan, he remade his life in South Yarmouth, Cape Cod, for the next 27 years. In 2019, Larry and Joan moved to Overland Park, Kansas, to be closer to Mark and his wife Marcia.

Larry had a long-standing passion for the outdoors; golfing, clam fishing, gardening, bird watching as well as camping, hunting and fishing in its early years. He and Joan enjoyed trips to the United States and Europe and made frequent trips with family and friends. Larry loved the fall, the change of seasons, the fresh air and college football with all its pageantry.

He was known for his determination, quick wit, infectious smile, and compassionate spirit. Larry will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He is predeceased by his father Lawrence H., his mother Georgia and his brother Harold (Bubby) Welterlen; and will be sadly missed by his wife Joan, his two children Gary (Debbie) of Santa Barbara, California, and Mark (Marcia) Welterlen of Stilwell, Kansas, his sister Betty Newcombe of Wasilla, Alaska, and their three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Larry will be buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Fitchburg, MA. Services will be announced at a later date.

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Posted by Sentinel & Enterprise on November 30, 2021.