Richard D. Wellmerling

1947 - 2012

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Richard "Butch" Donovan Wellmerling, 64, of Dunkirk passed away at 6:18 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at his residence. He was born on July 20, 1947, to Donovan and MaryAnn (Cullen) Wellmerling in Pine City, MN. Donovan and MaryAnn survive and now reside in Bodfish, CA. Richard married Annette Ross on June 12, 1981, and she survives. Richard is also survived by a son Richard John (Melissa) Wellmerling of Palmdale, CA; five daughters: Roshell Wellmerling of Carmichael, CA, Christina Wellmerling of Dunkirk, Nicolle (Ryan) Grindell of Dunkirk, Laura Wellmerling of Dunkirk and Amy Wellmerling of Dunkirk; three brothers: Jim (Linda) Wellmerling of Carson, CA, David Wellmerling of Bodfish, CA and Mark (Deena) Wellmerling of Bodfish, CA; two sisters: Debbie (Robert) Vlieger of Lancaster, CA and Dawn (John) Passmore of Bakersfield, CA; 11 grandchildren: Richard John, Jr., Justin, Caiden, Brittany, Aubry, Jenna, Alec, Hailey, Tayler, Cassidy and Grace. Richard served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was a wonderful cook and a "no nonsense man". He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Arlington. Pastor Gregg King will officiate and full military rites will be conducted by the AMVETS Post 1994. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Crates Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made via

Service Information

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, April 28th 2012 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Crates Funeral Home [Map]
    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Final Resting Place:


  • Contributions:

    To the Family in c/o CRATES FUNERAL HOME
    620 N. Main St.
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

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To : The Wellmerling Family
Date :Wednesday, April 25th 2012
From : Jim Linda Wellmerling
Butch will always be in our hearts we are lucky to have a lifetime of memories to remember him We are so sorry that we can't be at his service but when you come to California we will have a big family get-together to honor our very special brother Lots of love to you all

To : Wellmerling's
Date :Wednesday, April 25th 2012
From : Rick Melissa Ricky Justin Caiden
Grandpa Butch was a very special man He will always be with us in our hearts We will always love miss him very much

To : the Wellmerling Family
Date :Wednesday, April 25th 2012
From : Roshell
I looked into Dad's eyes before I left and told him he will always be in my heart I meant that I'm so sorry I am not there with the rest of the family now I love you and you know I share every ounce of your pain Hold each other for me and know that I hold you all in my heart Next stop California

To : The Wellmerling Family
Date :Wednesday, April 25th 2012
From : Dawn Wellmerling Passmore
I will miss my big brother very much His distinct laugh is forever etched within I send my love and prayers

To : Wellmerling Family
Date :Thursday, April 26th 2012
From : Lou Smith
Please accept our sincere condolence on the loss of your loved one our friend ButchHis time with us was too short and we will miss himI hope you and your family find peace in knowing that his suffering is over Sincerely Louie

To : The Wellmerlings
Date :Thursday, April 26th 2012
From : Terri Wayne Paris Mendonca
We are so sorry for your loss Butch was larger than life itself Love and hugs for all of you May he always be in all of our hearts and when we look out onto any body of water may his spirit be there smiling back at us like he always didWe miss you cuz

To : The Wellmerling family
Date :Saturday, April 28th 2012
From : Melody Lawheed
I am so sorry for your loss My thoughts and prayers are with you Butch holds a very special place in my heart He was always so kind to me I still remember when he was out of the service and giving all of us kids in the neighbor hood rides on his motorcycle I thought he was the coolest Rest in peace Butch