John C. Welch

March 12, 1936 - December 1, 2013

03/12/1936 - 12/01/2013

John C. Welch passed away on Dec 1, 2013, survived by his wife Margaret and good friend David Butts whom he mentored during his youth as a Son. John served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from civil service. A visitation for friends and family will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Homes, 5792 Greenwich Rd, VA Beach on Friday, Dec 6, 5-7pm and Sat Dec 7, 10-11 am.” In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.” Online condolences may be offered to the family at

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J. D. Oliver
7 years ago

Margaret, I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. John was a very respectful employee and a very hard worker. The US Navy and the WDE shipboard sailors that he worked with for many years of his Civil Service employment respected his expertise and friendly disposition while working on their ships. I personally never had a better person working for me while employed at the old “Navel Sea Support Center Atlantic”, Portsmouth, VA. I still have fond memories of John cooking a turkey in a 5 gallon can at your home many years ago. He will surely be missed. May GOD bless you and your family. John is now talking and visiting with many of his past work mates in Heaven: John Kappers, Fred Routt, Phil Galbreath, Bill Shelton, Bill Belli and many, many more. These were all good men. May we all join John in the near future. “Praise be to GOD”

Debi Schaefer
7 years ago

Margaret, I’m so sorry to have heard about John. I would like to take this time to thank you and John, for always taking such good care of my brother, David. You both treated him like a son for the majority of his life which meant a great deal to both of us. In David’s eyes, you and John are his family and will always be close to his heart.

Love, Bill & Debi Schaefer

James Smith
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss Margaret. Words can’t begin to express our sorrow, you are in our prayers. John was one of a kind. We will never forget the good times we had together and his friendship. He will be sorely missed by many. We are always here for you.

Smitty and Lueann

David Butts
7 years ago

You will be missed my friend.

Love David