Michael Duffey Welch, 53, of Gladstone, MO passed away November 13, 2017 at the St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City, MO. Mike was born February 11, 1964 in Siloam Springs, AR to Billy LaVerne and Veda Joan (Bedell) Welch.
Mike graduated from Oak Park High School, where he earned the title of Mr. Wrestler in 1982. Following high school, Mike attended SouthWest Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and spent the majority of his working career as a car salesman. He had a zest for life, an outgoing personality and never met a stranger. His passions in life were watching sports and listening to music. He was considered by many a Grill Master.
Survivors include his step-father, Michael Ray Bedell; a brother, Billy LaVerne Welch, II; five sisters, Kathy Hass, Sherrie Rackley, Patsy Roberts, Cindy Miller and Michelle Franklin; his dear friend and ex-wife, Virginia “Pic” Walenta; and his precious granddaughter, Olivia Lynn “Peanut” Welch. On February 25, 2016, Mike lost his only child and his best friend, John “Duffey” Welch. In addition to Duffey, Mike was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Benjamin Michael Welch.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Mike’s life from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Graveside services will be private. Memories of Mike and condolences may be shared with the family at meyersfuneralchapel.com.