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Mervyn ‘Red’ M. Welshons

AITKIN — Mervyn “Red” Mathias Welshons, 83, of Aitkin, Minn., died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at St. Cloud Hospital on the Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary. He was born Nov. 21, 1930, in Brainerd, Minn., to Mervyn Mathias and Charlotte Barbara (Hassman) Welshons. He attended St. Michael Catholic School in Stillwater, Minn., and graduated from Stillwater High School in 1948. He attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1954. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1947 to 1951, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1951 to 1953 and was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. There he was awarded a Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star and the United Nations Service Medal. Red was united in marriage to Mary Ethel “Echo” Cummings on Dec. 28, 1953, at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and their faith in God was the foundation of their marriage. Echo was the love and center of his life, and together they raised seven children. Her constant dedication and support enabled him to create a life of accomplishment and service to others. Red first worked as a Comptroller of Currency for the U.S. Treasury Dept. He was president and an owner of Security State Bank in Pillager, Randall State Bank, Brainerd National Bank and the First National Bank of Aitkin. He was owner and operator of numerous other business pursuits in Aitkin, Duluth and Florida. Red was a member of the American Legion, Elks, Lions, YMCA and the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Diocese of Duluth Finance Council, the parish councils of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin, St. Francis of Assisi in Brainerd and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, as well as numerous religious societies and organizations. His hobbies were his faith, his family and his friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew John; two brothers, John Welshons and Father Glendon Welshons, S.J.; his parents, Mervyn and Charlotte; and brothers-in-law, Bill Cummings and Mike Ryan.

Red is survived by his wife, Mary Ethel “Echo” (Cummings) Welshons; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas (Mary Ann) Welshons, of Pine River, and Peter (Cori) Welshons, of Aitkin; four daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Charlotte Welshons, of Mora, Elizabeth (Eric) Hillman, of Duluth, Catherine (David) Stampe, of Baxter, and Amy (David) McCarthy, of Carlton; 23 grandchildren, Rachel, Jessica, Leslie, Emily, Joe, John, Ben, Mike, Billy, Matt, Nick, Abi, Annie, Isaac, Tom, Amanda, Melissa, Andrew, Megan, Sara, Theresa, David and Daniel; and 14 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Benjamin (Margaret) Welshons Sr., of Stillwater; in-laws, Greg (Nancy) Cummings, of Plymouth, Patsy Cummings, of Aitkin, Pat (Brenda) Cummings, of Becker, Judy Ryan, of Aitkin, Kay (Dick) Breen, of Brainerd, and Kevin (Faunille) Cummings, of Deadwood, S.D.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 3-6 p.m. at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin; recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday, March 24 at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., Monday with Father David Forsman officiating. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Contributions will be made in Red’s honor to his favorite charities.