April 4, 1927 ~ February 2, 2022

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Service for Ernest “Ernie” Welch:

Ernest “Ernie” A. Welch, 94, passed away on February 2, 2022. He was born in Pueblo, CO on April 4, 1927. Ernie is survived by his three daughters, Becky Ahl, Nancy Welch, and Chris Cortez (Bob); his grandchildren, Tara Irons (Robert), Michelle Scott (Crade), Amy Bowman (Craig), Bryan Cortez, Andrew Jobe, and Julie Harper (Tony); his five great-grandsons, Coben Scott, Ryley Scott, Connor Bowman, Reese Bowman, and Camdon Cortez; and his loving and loyal dog, Chip. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Welch; his sister, Esther Coy; and his mother, Catherine Robson.
Ernie lived on Pine with his mother and grandparents and attended Lakeview Elementary School, Keating Junior High and Central High School. He developed life-long friendships throughout his schooling, many of which he kept up with right up until his death. His senior year of high school he joined the Navy, where he served on the USS Bennington, during World War II. After the Navy, he returned to Pueblo and met his wife, Barbara, in 1946. They were married April 24, 1948.
Ernie attended Pueblo Junior College and went on to the University of Northern Colorado where he received a B.A. and M.A. in History. In 1953 Ernie taught at Belle Plain School and in 1954 transferred to Ben Franklin Elementary School. He became Principal of Goodnight Elementary in 1956, and in 1957 he became Principal at Hellbeck Elementary, while still working as Principal at Goodnight. Ernie was promoted to Director of Elementary Education for Pueblo School District 60 in 1968, and while serving in that role introduced innovative programs into the elementary school system. In 1980, Ernie became the Director of the Budget for Pueblo School District 60. While he was an educator, he was a director of the Colorado Education Association and helped to influence improvements that came to benefit education and educators in the state and the nation. In 1983, Ernie retired from the school district and went on to pursue careers in computer sales and real estate.
At the age of 8, Ernie joined the Crusaders Band, sponsored by the Phillips Music Company, in which he played the clarinet. Ernie was a member of the Pueblo Charter Lions Club where he enjoyed organizing the annual Christmas party for children. He was a member of First Baptist Church Pueblo, and could most often be found cooking in the church kitchen. Ernie served on the board of the Pueblo Teachers Credit Union, and because of his love of history, he was a volunteer of the Pueblo History Society and the Southern Colorado Heritage Center. Ernie enjoyed family outings, fishing, attending sporting events where he could be seen cheering for his grandchildren, playing Cribbage with his friend Ernie Ballotti, spending time at the family cabin in Rye, watching Western movies, reading a good book, sharing his passion for history, and going to the State Fair and Rodeo. He was an avid collector of stamps, coins, and model trains.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 9, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel, located at 1317 N. Main Street, Pueblo, CO 81003. A reception will follow. Interment will follow the reception at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pueblo Charter Lions Club or Pueblo Historic Society. Livestream and online condolences at www.MontgomerySteward.com

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Memorial Service: February 9, 2022 11:00 am

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

719-542-1552
http://www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. CandleImageBecky, Nancy, Chris, and your families, I send you my heartfelt sympathies. Ernie was a wonderful man, a constant through my childhood as a dear family friend. It feels like we have lost the last of a very great generation and I am so thankful that I got to visit with him a week before he passed. Now I think the whole crew are together again, playing pranks on each other, catching up and generally having a great time. Please know that I send you my caring thoughts as you lay your dad to rest. RIP Ernie, give my dad a hug!

    FYI, we have sent a check to the Pueblo Historic Society in memory of your Dad.

  2. Dear Nancy and family,

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. May he rest peacefully.

  3. My deepest and sincerest condolences to the entire Welch Family. Becky, Nancy, Chris and Bob Cortez. Ernie was a very kind and friendly gentleman. R.I.P. Ernie with Barbara and my parents. God bless you all

  4. May the memories of your dad help you through the days ahead in the years to come. Know that his love lives on in you.
    Sending you prayers during this difficult time

  5. My deepest condolences to Mr. Ernie Welch’s family and friends. I will always remember Ernie and Ernie at my childhood kitchen table playing cribbage, laughing and snacking. What incredibly wonderful, inspiring, loving men!

    Rest well Ernie and Ernie. ❤️

  6. Becky, your Dad was one of those people that leave a legacy far beyond measuring. From reading about him and seeing his picture, he was a very handsome man whose kindness and intelligence shown through all the years he lived. He left something special in you and your family. You will carry him in your heart always. Love to you and your family.

    Penny Creasy

  7. To Ernie my principal at Hellbeck, knew my dad Ernie so I could never get In trouble. My dad Ernie Ballotti and Ernie were good friends and loved the game of cribbage. My condolences to the family. Both Ernie’s are in Heaven together.

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