December 14, 1937-April 20, 2019
Travis Richard Welch, known to many as Dick, was born into this world on December 14, 1937 in Illinois, and passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Visalia, CA. He leaves behind his love Annie of 35 years, son Frank Ferreira and wife Jackie, daughter Sharon Lennon and husband Larry, daughter Terri Kneeland and husband Daren, son Rick, daughters Kim and Denise and her husband Jim, nieces and nephews, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren who loved him. He is preceded in death by his parents, beloved brothers and sisters, son Charles, and grandson Aaron.
Dick loved golf and spent many years making friends and playing at the course in Lemoore. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, ball games, and boxing events. He and Annie spent many vacations in Vegas, and they always looked forward to dinner at their favorite Circus Circus steakhouse.
Dick had a special way with words and people. Not one to hide his true feelings, he would often share his thoughts by using a colorful word or offering one of his very own personal customized phrases, known to his family as Dickisms. (Such examples are not suitable for print, however, if you were lucky enough to know this man, chances are you've heard one or two.)
Some of his colorful language, the family has attributed to his time in the service. He served in the Navy as a Seaman First Class and Parachute Rigger. The service allowed him to travel the world, see many things, and meet many people. He found his passion for golf while in the Navy, as he managed the Atsugi golf course in Japan for many years. Dick spent time in several countries, and through his travels picked up some conversational Tagalog along the way. He enjoyed any opportunity to showcase this skill. (His family only hoped whatever he was saying in Tagalog, to a perfect stranger, was appropriate.)
Dick was a mixture of stubborn and feisty, good-natured and loving. He had a tender place in his heart for his bride, his family, and his kitty cat Picasso, and late pup Cricket.
He battled lung cancer in his own way—with a stubborn and feisty fight. He made it known he wasn't going to go down easily, and he didn't. He wanted to live for as long as he could with his love Annie, who he affectionately referred to as his “silver-haired Mexican.”
Dick and Annie had a special love. They met on the dance floor and continued to dance their way through a beautiful life, making unforgettable memories. They enjoyed quiet times at home with their kitty cat. However, there was never a dull moment with Dick around. He always kept everyone laughing, especially Annie.
Dick was extremely protective of those he loved. He was the one person you would want on your side-for anything, really. He was a fighter in every sense. For as ornery and feisty as he could be, that same passion was seen and felt in how fiercely he loved his people.
To respect his wishes, there will be no public service. A small celebration of life was held with family over Easter weekend to honor him. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that if you have a fond memory of this special man, that you raise a toast to him.
Cheers, Welch. We miss you already!