Anthony F. “Tony” Welle, age 84, of Melrose, passed away Oct. 10, 2020, at St. Benedict’s Center in St. Cloud.  

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be  at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with the  Rev. Daniel Walz officiating and Deacon Ernie Kociemba. Interment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

Anthony Fred Welle was born Jan.16, 1936, in Greenwald to Math and Rose (Kulzer) Welle. From 1954-56, Tony served in the U.S. Army. While in Korea he served in Battery A, 48th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged in 1956 with a Good Conduct Medal. He was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Welle April 22, 1958, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Tony worked with family at Welle Implement in Greenwald. He thrived using his talent in fixing anything mechanical. In 1980, he moved his family to Little Birch Lake. There he enjoyed entertaining family, ice fishing and spearing, snowmobiling, hunting and cutting wood. He loved his family and all the grand and great-grand babies. He cherished his Catholic faith and traditions. In 1998, Tony and Barb moved to the farm near New Munich.  

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Catholic United Financial and the Knights of Columbus. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Barb Welle of Melrose; children Tom (Karen) of Clear Lake, Linda Meyer (Tom) of Melrose, Eric (Shanna) of Zimmerman, Sarah Gregory (Paul) of Belgrade, Kathryn Muller (Jarrod) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota,  Lisa (Scott) Mattson of St. Cloud, Anne Hoeschen (Scott) of Freeport, and Jenifer Sampson (Shaw) of St. Cloud; 30 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sisters Alice Moyer of Naperville, Illinois, and Yvonne (Alvin) Fuchs of Spring Hill; and in-laws.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; brothers LeRoy Welle and Math Jr. Welle; sisters Catherine Welle, Verena Schwieters, Bernice Fuchs, Lillian Morrissette, Marion Marthaler, Pat Spanier, Cecilia Neidermire, Rose Meyer, Kathleen Welle and Clarice Ann Welle and in-laws. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Freeport.

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