Our father, husband, brother, uncle, papa, and friend, Dick Welbes left us Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at his home in Cody, Wyoming.
Dick was born June 20, 1947 to Richard and Velda Welbes in Miles City, Montana. The first of three kids, his sisters, Vicky and Diane were to follow shortly thereafter. Dick graduated from Sacred Heart in Miles City in 1965, and immediately went to the Seminary, and then to the Navy.
After his service, he returned home to Miles City where he met Cheryl Thomas and was married in 1977. Adopting Brad, and becoming a father with the births of Shane (1979), and Melissa (1982). The family lived in Gillette, Wyoming for quite a few years while Dick worked for the Burlington Northern Railroad. They spent many summers camping and fishing in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Devils Tower in Wyoming.
After moving to Billings and North Dakota for a time, Dick moved to Red Lodge, Montana where he met Terri Charvat and was married in 2009 surrounded by his family and friends.
He worked as the friendliest bartender in town at the Bull n’ Bear Saloon, and loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. He frequently wrote poetry, and was known to write things for people on their birthdays and special occasions.
After Dick retired from the work force, he spent a lot of time on the golf course and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. He loved his little curly haired dogs and was constantly telling everyone about the latest mischief they would get in to.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Velda Welbes of Miles City.
He is survived by his wife, Terri Welbes. Children, Brad (Kala) Welbes, Shane Welbes, and Melissa Welbes. Sisters, Vicky Heckel and Diane Welbes. Granddaughter Morgan Welbes. Nieces and nephews, Lynda (Waylan) Charlton, Levi (Jodie) Heckel, and Amanda Heckel. Numerous cousins and friends whom all will miss his sense of humor and laugh.