Louis M. Wellford

July 28, 1918 - May 23, 2009

Louis M. Wellford, 90, of Waukesha, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital after complications of pneumonia and heart failure. He was born July 28, 1918, in Petersburg, Va., the only child of Louis and Eloise (nee Jordan) Wellford.

After graduating from Petersburg High School, he attended the University of Virginia until he entered the U.S. Army. Serving four years, he was discharged in December 1945. While stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., he was married Aug. 26, 1944, in the post chapel to Miriam Youmans, who survives him. With the war over, he came to Waukesha as an employee of the Waukesha Freeman. During the next 30 years, he was in charge of the circulation department or the printing plant. Over the years, he was active in the Waukesha Boy Scouts and the YMCA swim club, and enjoyed working with young boys during Soap Box Derby days. He was a part of a memorable Soap Box Derby trip to Akron, Ohio, in 1950, with an entry into the national competition. In the late 50s and early 60s he served as president of the Saylesville School Board. This was a period of time when the state required country elementary schools to be attached to one particular high school. The citizens of Saylesville worked hard and succeeded in being part of the Waukesha school system. He was interested in seeing the development of the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra and has been a longtime member of Ducks Unlimited. In addition, at the time of his death, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, Merrill Hills Country Club, Waukesha Symphony League, Ducks Unlimited, the Pewaukee Yacht Club, the International Circulation Managers Association and the Waukesha Optimist Club, serving as president in 1955.

Besides his wife, Miriam Wellford, he is survived by six children, Eloise (Paul Newton) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Matt (Judy) of Wauwatosa, John of Waukesha, Margaret (Dale Schumann) of Hartland, Grant of Deadwood, S.D., and Lee (Tami) of Leawood, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Hans and Joan Hamm; and sister-in-law, Juanita Youmans of Waukesha. Louis is further survived by other family and friends in Virginia.

Funeral services will be private. Friends are invited to please join the family in remembrance of Louis today, May 28, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Merrill Hills Country Club, W270-S3425 Merrill Hills Road, Waukesha.

Donations will be appreciated to Waukesha Symphony Inc., 234 W. Main St., Waukesha, WI 53186; the Waukesha Education Foundation Inc., 2727 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 122, Waukesha, WI 53188; and Ducks Unlimited, Waukesha Chapter.

For more information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.

A special thanks from the family to Dr. Kern and Mary Seifert and gratitude to our fine Waukesha Memorial Hospital.