John Welge, Jr.

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John Byrne Welge, Jr., 70, of Belleville, IL, born May 19, 1948, in Mt. Vernon, IL, died Thursday, December 13, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.

John grew up in Hillsboro, IL until moving to Belleville in his teenage years. He graduated from Belleville Township HS, attended Belleville Area College and SIUE for some time before enlisting in the United States Army. He served during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged to which he then served in the Missouri National Guard. John worked as an officer of the Federal Protective Service, managing Clark Oil stations and then became a letter carrier for the USPS in Belleville until his retirement in 2008.

John was a member of the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corp, the St. Louis Track club, National Association of Letter Carriers and was the “Top Duck” of his Mudd Ducks running group. John was a marathon runner, completing the Boston, Houston, and St. Louis marathons numerous times. He was a great marksman earning multiple awards and pins for accuracy. John was an avid reader of Civil War history books, visited many Civil War sights and had a great knowledge of the subject.

John was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. John never knew a stranger, he had many friends and would have a beer with anyone who wanted to sit for a chat. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Byrne Sr., and Maime, nee Dycus, Welge; one sister, Mary Lynn Welge; his mother-in-law, Martha Kimble; and a brother-in-law, Leland Scaggs.

John is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Diana Jayne, nee Scaggs, Welge, whom he married on October 5, 1974, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL;
his children, Lisa (Brian) Smith of Belleville, IL, and John III (Kayla) Welge of Fairview Heights, IL;
his grandchildren, Alexander and Nicholas Smith, and Joni Beth Welge;
one brother, Michael Welge of Chicago, IL;
a sister-in-law, Debra Macaulay;
a brother-in-law, Richard (Cathy) Scaggs;
9 nieces and nephews;
and many cousins and friends.

Memorials may be made to Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Suite 100, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2018, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial with military honors will be Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.



10 Comments on John Welge, Jr.

James Morton Woods said : Guest Report Dec 23, 2018 at 6:39 PM

Jane,' So sorry to hear of John's passing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Jim

  • Manchester
  • Missouri
Tina Schaub and family said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Prayers of comfort to the family and friends during this time. Sorry for your loss.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Ronald Coleman said : Guest Report Dec 19, 2018 at 1:17 AM

John and I had been friends for over 50 years. It did not seem to make any difference how long the we were apart. We picked up where we left off, as if it yesterday. I will miss talking with John. We could discuss current events or delve into the “do remember” phase of our lives. His ability to remember details was amazing and provided me with the ability to go back to the Belleville of my youth. Loved him as a brother!

  • Grass Valley
  • California
Mark Polczynski said : Guest Report Dec 18, 2018 at 5:28 PM

I worked with John for many years at the post office, carrying his Route for him on his days off. Please accept my sincere condolences, John was a good friend. I always enjoyed stopping and having a beer with him! He will always be remembered!

  • New Athens
  • Il
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019 said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2018 at 10:59 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Ben Brown at 618 624-8007. If unable to reach either one, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Randall Hill said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2018 at 10:08 PM

Will miss our runs and conversations and solving all the world problems. Randy

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Richard Jaworski said : Guest Report Dec 16, 2018 at 6:42 PM

Top Duck you will not be forgotten. Mudd Ducks will always raise a beer to you when every we gather. RIP

  • Swansea
  • IL
Mark Williams said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2018 at 6:43 AM

RIP Top Duck. Some of my favorite running memories were with John and the Mudd Ducks. How could any of us Ducks forget meeting at John's house aka "The Dungeon" for our Wednesday night runs. RIP Top Duck. Mark

  • Grand Marais
  • MN
Marty and Alice McGrath said : Guest Report Dec 15, 2018 at 2:08 AM

RIP to a good man, husband, father, and grandfather. The world is a little dimmer place without you. Al and Marty

  • Carriere
  • MS
Chris Boschert said : Guest Report Dec 14, 2018 at 9:08 PM

Diana, thinking about you and praying with you today. Miss you and those great hugs. Chris

  • St. Charles
  • MO

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