John Ambrose Welsh, also known as “Bub” and “Scotty”, was born January 13, 1925 in Steubenville, Ohio.
John was a veteran of World War II. He landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was a radio operator. After 6 months of fighting, as John and his unit were coming out of Germany’s Hurtgen Forest, the scene of one of the most ferocious battles of the war, John stepped on a German land mine and was seriously injured. He lost one leg, and the total of his injuries required two years of hospitalization and rehabilitation. During his time he achieved many awards including: Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Three Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead. Ever the fighter, John survived his injuries to become the last remaining member of our family from what Tom Brokaw has called “The Greatest Generation”. John never married, but he lived a productive life, later surviving Cancer and multiple surgeries over many years to remove pieces of shrapnel that had lodged in his body from the land mine. John was a devout Catholic, attending weekly Mass until he was no longer able to drive. He was also a member of other organizations, including the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He was a “character” to be sure; always the life of the party with his superior memory and quick wit! He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
John is preceded in death by his parents William and M. Adelaide Welsh (nee Lashley); his sister, Margaret Ann (Welsh) Miller, and his nephew John “Ben” Miller.
He is survived by his niece, Mary Adelaide “Plum” Edwards and her husband William “Bill” Edwards, by his nephew, William “Bill” Miller and his wife, Marilyn Miller, and by his grand niece, Laura Welsh Berg, and her husband Lynn Robert Berg III.
Calling hours will be Saturday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville. A funeral liturgy with Mass will follow at 11:00 am at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Steubenville, where John was a lifelong member.
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