Palmer Welty, 84

SOUTH WHITLEY — Palmer E. Welty, 84, of South Whitley, died at 10:26 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. He was born Jan. 20, 1927, in Huntington, a son of Clarence and Josephine (Stookey) Welty.His formative years were spent in Huntington where he attended Huntington High School.On Nov. 14, 1948, he was united in marriage to Darlene Lofland. They made their home in Huntington.They then moved to Big Barbee Lake where they resided for 25 years.In 1996, they moved to South Whitley.He began his work career at Schacht Rubber Company, Huntington, where he worked for 25 years.He then joined General Tire (General Corp) as a lead/set-up where he retired in 1989 with 25 years of service. He loved the lake area – fishing, boating, yard work and remodeling their homes.His memberships included United Methodist Church of Huntington and AFL-CIO.He attended United Methodist Church of South Whitley for the past 14 years. Surviving relatives include his wife of 62 years, Darlene; a grandson, Justin P. Welty, Carmel; three sisters, Martha VanWinkle, La Mesa, CA, Phyllis (Robert) Smuts, Grand Junction, CO and Sharon (Curtis) Park, New Haven; two brothers, Carl Welty, Huntington and Ray Welty, Indianapolis.He was preceded in death by a daughter Vicki Lynn Welty and two brothers, Talmage and David Welty.The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley with Rev Robert Barton officiating.The burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to United Methodist Church of South Whitley. Condolences may be sent to