James (Jim) Taylor Welty, 64, Holly Hills, Fla., died suddenly on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in Florida.
He was born Aug. 8, 1949, to Oscar Kenneth (OK) and Louise (Taylor) Welty in Oregon.
Jim graduated from Oregon High School, and attended Rock Valley Community College.
He had several careers and was an entrepreneur. Most recently he owned 10th Street Gun in Holly Hills.
He enjoyed life and loved hunting and fishing, especially with his brothers, his son and his grandsons. Jim belonged to the Harley Owners Group. He loved his Harley and took many trips on it, visiting all of the states.
He was curious about his genealogy and often spent time researching during his travels.
He loved people and had an enquiring mind, interested in everyone and everything around him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar Kenneth and Louise Taylor Welty, Pine Creek Township; and his grandparents, William and Clara Ruble Taylor, Oregon, and John Jacob and Ida Allen Welty, Monmouth.
Surviving him are his wife, Terry Decker Welty, Holly Hills, Fla., and her daughter, Holly Tuohy; his son, Jay (Kathy) Welty, St. Charles, and his children Jacob and Jenna; his daughter, Joy (Bill) Kruse, Luxemburg, Wis., and her children, Wyatt and Savannah; his brothers, Doug (Shirley) Schmidt, Princeton, Donald Welty, LaSalle, OK (Melody) Welty, Byron, and Bill (Judy) Welty, Chana; and his sisters, Nancy Ross, Allen, Texas, Janet Fulfs (Steve Mallon), St. Charles, Joan (Mike) Heng, Oregon, and Jerri Welty, Dixon; and many nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon, preceded by visitation beginning at 10 a.m.
Burial will follow immediately after the funeral at the Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Creek Township.
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