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Morton - Jeffery C. Welch, 61, of Morton, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at his home.
He was born Nov. 3, 1954, in El Paso, Texas to Dwayne and Rachel (Waner) Welch. He married Barbara Peterson on Aug. 6, 1981, in Peoria.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Welch of Morton; his mother, Rachel Knock of Peoria; two sons, Justin Welch and Scott Welch, both of Morton; two granddaughters, Ashlynn and Raelee; two stepbrothers, Robert Knock of East Peoria and Michael Knock of Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, and one stepbrother.
Jeffery worked for Ameritech for 30 years; retiring in 2003 in lineman repair.
He served on the Morton Auxiliary Police Department, enjoyed fishing and competing in bass fishing tournaments in Illinois. He was also an avid hunter.
Cremation will be accorded following a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton.

Memorials may be made to the Morton Police Department Bike Rodeo or Shop with a Cop.