Thomas Edgar Welch passed away peacefully on the evening of June 28, 2021 in his Galt home. Tom was a devoted husband, a loving father of three and a grandfather to six adoring grandchildren.
Tom was born on September 25, 1947 in Memphis to Lawrence and Margaret Welch. He spent much of his childhood in Galt, and he graduated from James Marshall High School in 1965. His childhood heroes were his uncles, who served in World War II, and after completing a year of community college, he enlisted to serve in Vietnam. He was trained as a tank mechanic, he achieved the rank of SP5, and he served honorably.
Upon returning home, Tom worked as an auto mechanic and a forklift mechanic. He taught his children work ethic by working hard, just as he taught them honesty and fairness through his actions. He was always ready to help when he saw someone in need. Most importantly, he taught them that it was possible to provide for a family and spend quality time with his children. As his children grew, Tom coached their soccer teams, drilled them on times tables, engaged in squirt gun fights, and spent weekends playing games and assembling models.
Tom and his wife, Sharon, rode in a Goldwing club for many years, and he enjoyed target shooting with his cousin, Dale Templeton, at Sacramento Valley Shooting Center. He spent his retirement years well, engaging in numerous hobbies.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children Tim, Cindy, and Kathleen; and his grandchildren, Willa, Bella, Joseph, Amber, Livi, and Aria. He loved them all very much, and he told them so often.
Services will be held on Friday, July 9th at 10AM at Cherokee Memorial's Vineyard Chapel: 14165 N. Beckman Rd, Lodi, CA. Please consider a donation to the American Legion Post 22: P.O. Box 521 Lodi, CA 95241 in lieu of flowers.