Francis Xavier Welsh, 85, aircraft machine operator

August 10, 2004

Francis Xavier "Duke" Welsh, a retired aircraft machine operator, died of apparent heart failure Sunday at Oak Crest Village in Parkville. The longtime Gardenville resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Northeast Baltimore, he was a 1937 graduate of Mount St. Joseph's High School.

Mr. Welsh went to work at the old Glenn L. Martin aircraft factory in Middle River, but left to serve in the Army in World War II. He served in the Pacific and attained the rank of master sergeant.

After the war he returned to his job as a machine operator and remained with the company for his entire career. He retired from what had become Martin-Marietta about 20 years ago.

Mr. Welsh was married for 37 years to the former Kathleen Davies, who died in 2001.

He was a member of the Parkville American Legion Post and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a former parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Oak Crest Village Chapel, 8801 Walther Boulevard.

Survivors include a stepson, Peter Wade of Melbourne, Australia; two step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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