Raymond K. Welch Sr., 83, of Orangefield, died Monday, March 9, 2009. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday at St. Helen Catholic Church in Orangefield.  The Rev. George Kidangen officiated. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Bridge City.

Raymond was born in Beaumont on Aug. 29, 1925, the son of Asa and Kathleen (Weiss) Welch.  He retired from Gulf States Utilities after 40 years of service. Welch was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Gulf States Side Liners and the Texas State Land Surveyors Association. Raymond loved to fish, survey and spend time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary of 56 years; and brother, Asa Welch Jr.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Barney Burch of Orangefield; son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Deanna Welch Jr. of Orangefield; grandchildren, Courtney Burch-Arkeen, Barney Burch Jr., Kaden Head and Victoria Welch; and special friend and companion for the last five years, Nell Miers.