Roger Lee Welch, 64, son of Cecil and Bernice Welch, was born Aug. 15, 1940, at Summersville. He died Oct. 24, 2004, at Nathan Adelson Hospice Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., after a fight with cancer.He was baptized at a young age and attended the Summersville Church of Christ while living in the area. He graduated from high school in 1958 and moved to Chicago, Ill. He worked for many years in the steel mills and was later involved in the real estate business. In 1989, he moved to Nixa to help care for his mother until her death.In recent years, he lived at Henderson, Nev., and enjoyed visiting with friends at the Henderson Senior Center and taking computer classes until his illness.He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; and his son, Mitchell.Surviving are his children, Cindy Garcia and Larry Welch of Worth, Ill., Robin Cordell of Crystal Lake, Ill., Dawn Ramos of Oak Forest, Ill., and Brenda Welch of Orland Hills, Ill.; a sister, Carol Hunt of Nixa; a stepdaughter, Wanda of Joliet, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.A memorial visitation is 2 to 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon at the Bradford Funeral Home Chapel at Summersville.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or hospice.At his request, the body was donated to the International Institute of Advancement for Medicine to aid in finding a cure for cancer. “

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