Herbert ‘Clyde’ Welch, 85 of Billings, passed away on December 12, 2013. He was born to Maude (Wilson) Welch and Charles Welch, on October 22, 1928 in Baker, MT. Clyde was the youngest of seven siblings who were raised in the Ekalaka area. Clyde graduated from Carter County H.S. in 1946 where he excelled in Football and Baseball. He worked for three years at various jobs, including Surveyor for the U.S. Soil Conservation Corps, while earning enough money (in addition to a football scholarship) to put himself through Dickinson State Teachers College—where he earned a B.S. in Secondary Education and was selected as an All-Conference football player on offense and defense.
Clyde’s three older brothers fought for the United States Navy during World War II, inspiring him to enroll in Officer’s Candidate School. As an officer in the Navy he was assigned to a Troop Transport Ship where he crossed the Pacific on 15 round trips from Japan, Korea, or Taiwan and back to the States. In 1957, Clyde was honorably discharged as a LTjg from the United States Navy.
Clyde then taught Math at Culbertson where he was also the Head Football and Track Coach. In 1959 and 1960 his football teams won the State Eastern Conference Titles, which is as far as you could go, back then.
Clyde met a young lady by the name of Donna Ruth Dove at Graduate School in Bozeman and they were married on February 11, 1961. Later that year Dave was born, then Shyla in 1963, and then Ken in 1966.
In 1967, Clyde decided to change careers from teaching and coaching to become an Investigator for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The family moved to Portland, OR to begin his investigative career. This career took him to Billings to New Orleans to Denver, and then the family settled in Helena in 1974. Clyde travelled the country, but primarily travelled the state for his investigative work. In 1979, Clyde received the National Investigator of the Year Award. He retired from this career in 1994, after 27 years of service to the Federal Government.
Clyde continued to enjoy hunting, fishing, golf, and spending time with family and friends. He also spent many hours on projects around home.
Clyde is survived by his wife, Donna; his son Dave and Liz Welch and their son Jake; daughter Shyla and Bryce Lefever; son Ken and Chris Welch and their children Reid, Jordan, and Madison. He is also survived by a sister, Gladys Parker; sister in-law Verna Welch; and his many nieces and nephews, who were all very dear to him. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Woodrow, Jerry, Eldon, Charles M; and sister Lucille Venhaus, and spouses.
We would like to give thanks to the personnel at Tender Nest for the wonderful care they gave to Clyde during the past few months.
Services for Clyde will be Saturday, December 21, at 10:00 a.m., at Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St W, Billings, MT 59102. Memorials may be given to Central Christian Church or the Charity of your choice.