Charles Welk, 84, died June 15, 2019.

Charles Welk, 84, a lifelong resident of the Bethel community, passed away on June 15, 2019, after a long illness.

He was born on Sept. 19, 1934, to Gussie and Merle (Henderson) Welk in Bethel. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1954. He retired from Shawnee Public Schools where he worked as a bus driver.

He is survived by three children: Sherri Hastings, Mike Welk and his wife Trina, and Trisha Taron and her husband Terry; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Ruth Franklin and Shorty Kinnamon, several nieces and nephews, and the mother of his children, Lotus Welk.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Pat Seckel.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 22, at the Bethel Community Center on Bethel Road.