Leon Albert Welting
Leon Albert Welting, (age 82), passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Standard time at Piedmont Walton Hospital, Monroe, Walton County, Georgia. He was born in Berea, Madison County, Kentucky on October 17th, 1935 to Leon Otto Welting and Faye Carmen Pennington Welting at Berea College Hospital. He was preceded in death by Leon Otto on Friday, January 7th, 1983 and on by Faye Pennington Welting on July 11, 1976. He graduated Berea High School on May 24, 1953 where he lettered his Junior and Senior years in Basketball as their leading scorer. and was a master pianist able to read music and expertly play by ear as well. He attended Berea College from 1954-1956, where he was their leading scorer. He could beat anyone in Berea in basketball, tennis and ping pong at that time. He was one of the best billiards players in Berea.
He enlisted in the Navy as a Yeoman 1st class from 3-26-56 to 1-6-58 where he sailed on the USS Cunningham DD752, a destroyer escort for the battlegroup. He and his ship were in port in Melbourne for the 1956 Olympic games. After his Navy tour was up he went to Biola Bible College and studied Biblical and Theological Studies at 558 Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles from 1958-1960 where he lettered in basketball and wore # 3.
He met Maureen Eunice Healy at a Youth Living Christian Fellowship retreat in Malibu, California where he called her “Blondie” and married her 2 years later. He worked for Proctor and Gamble as a salesman in Orange County, California. He moved his family to Richmond, Kentucky where he was a salesman for American Can Company (now Primerica), Emerling International, and Setzer Steel buildings. He finished out his career as an Antique collector and salesman. He had extensive knowledge on antiques and their value and had a knack for sourcing them from garage and estate sales.
The last 20 years of his life he spent in Walnut Grove Georgia gardening, collecting and passing wisdom to his children and grandchildren. He was a lifelong student and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with his children and grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He never met a stranger. He was a lifelong University of Kentucky basketball fan and for at least a decade was their number one fan. He was a member of Arlington Country Club in Richmond, Greater Lexington Swim Association in Lexington, and Lakeside Swim Club in Louisville. While in Georgia he got his Auctioneer’s license.
Leon was saved on the banks of the Kentucky River in 1947 and was a faithful believer in our Lord and Savior. He loved nature and went hiking and camping frequently in the State and National parks of Kentucky and Tennessee and shared this love with his family. Leon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be remembered as a passionate man who was straight-forward and always spoke his mind. He strived to be number 1 in everything he did and taught his children the same. He taught his children to give 110%, to be their very best, and to compete to be number one. He drilled into their heads that they could be or do anything in life they wanted with the power of the Lord. His greatest success was his children which all became Christians and all graduated college with swimming scholarships.
He is survived by his children, Timothy Leon Welting, Laureen Kathryn Welting, Judith Esther Welting (Hudson), and Evan Albert Welting. He has 7 grandchildren, Samuel Evan Hudson, Nathaniel Jack Hudson, Sarah Ann Hudson, Heidi Kathryn Hudson, Ian Oliver Welting, Felix Elmer Welting, and Josie Grace Welting.
Leon did not want a funeral or service. He just wants everyone to wear bright colors and no black at the burial and remember only his good qualities and the good times we had with him. He will return to his birth state with a US Navy burial in Camp Nelson National Cemetery, 6980 Danville Rd, Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356 at 10:00 am on Thursday August 2nd, 2018. Davis & Powell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.