John C. Welden
March 23, 2011
John C Welden, age 74, of Iowa Falls,
died on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the Israel Family Hospice House in
Ames. Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday March 26, 2011 at the
First United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls. Visitation will be 1 hour
John was born October 26, 1936 to Neil and Julia (Cole) Welden of Ames,
Iowa. After graduating from Ames High School and Grinnell College,
Grinnell, Iowa he became an educator, first in Buffalo Center, Iowa for
three years and then in Iowa Falls for thirty-two years. He retired in
On June 9, 1967, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Prull in Kanawha,
Iowa. To this union two children were born: Elizabeth and David.
Until a few years before his death, John enjoyed playing tennis and golf
and riding his bicycle around town and to work. He also spent time at
the Ellsworth College Library and the Barlow Library. He and his family
enjoyed traveling, particularly in his later years with his wife going
John served on a number of local civic organizations. He was on the Iowa
Falls City Council, Library Board, Park Board and Planning and Zoning
Commission. He also served in many capacities at the First United
Methodist Church in Iowa Falls.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn; daughter, son-in-law and
granddaughter John, Beth and Mallory Pierce of Hibbing, Minnesota, a
step grandson Drake, and son, daughter-in-law, grandson, granddaughter
Dave, Lori, Cole, and Abbey Welden of Marshalltown, Iowa. He is also
survived by six cousins: Mary Lou Nuessen of Quincy, Illinois, Kae
Leffler of Birmingham, Michigan, Faith Enriquez of Seattle, Washington,
E. (Skeeter) Oleson of Dows, Iowa, Catherine McCord of Iowa Falls and
Margy Chamberlin of Ames, Iowa.
John's body is being donated to the University of Iowa College of
Medicine. Memorials should be directed to Israel Family Hospice House in
Ames, Iowa, the Barlow Library or First United Methodist Church.