MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

October 18, 2013

Man who died walking on US 69 identified

Leroy Welch, 84, described as outdoorsman

By Elizabeth Ridenour
Phoenix City Editor

— A pedestrian killed Oct. 2 was described by his granddaughter as a man with a love of the outdoors.

Leroy Welch, 84, was identified by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office as the man who died after being struck by several vehicles on U.S. 69, north of Shawnee Bypass, according to a statement released by Muskogee Police Cpl. Michael Mahan.

“My dad and him liked to go fishing,” said Tina Argo, Welch’s granddaughter. “He would pick up cans just to feel the sun and get outside.”

Welch had several other hobbies he enjoyed.

“He liked reading books and doing crossword puzzles,” Argo said.

Welch also had a warmth his granddaughter cherished.

“He could always put a smile on your face,” Argo said.

Welch was living with his son, Robert Welch, at the Royal Inn on West Shawnee Bypass at the time of his death. Robert Welch had taken care of his father for several years, eight of which had recently been in Odessa, Texas. They had been in Muskogee for a couple of years, Argo said.

“Since the accident, my dad (Robert Welch) had a mini stroke,” Argo said.

A vehicle traveling south on U.S. 69 struck Leroy Welch, and Welch was then struck by several northbound vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Funeral services are pending with MMS-Payne Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Chelsea.

Reach Elizabeth Ridenour at (918)684-2929 or eridenour@muskogeephoenix.com.