David L. Welch was an intelligent man who was interested in everything, said Linda Kish, his loving companion of 28 years.
“No matter what the subject you brought up, he could talk about it,” Kish said.
Welch, 66, of Valparaiso, taught in the Tri Creek School system for 30 years, mostly sixth grade social studies at Lowell Middle before retiring in 2003.
“He liked teaching,” Kish said. “He was a very patient person. He loved explaining things. He was a very good storyteller who enjoyed telling students about the Mayans and their rituals.”
An excellent writer, Welch wrote daily during the couple’s trips, sending e-mail updates to family and friends. Their travels included London, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and driving up the Pacific coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
“He loved London the best, the architecture, going to the museums and sitting in on parliament,” Kish said.
Welch played in a country band, was a diesel mechanic, a locksmith and owned a video business. He collected classic cars including a 1938 Ford, a Ferrari and a Porsche and enjoyed organic vegetable gardening.
“The whole back yard is an organic garden and the whole front yard is fruit trees,” Kish said. “He believed in eating off the land and never used chemicals or pesticides.”
In the 1980s, Welch went to Maine to learn how to build an energy-efficient solar home, which he did. On ten acres, the house, which had no furnace, was heated with a wood stove.
The couple met through a friend many years ago, Kish said.
“We just hit it off and started dating,” she said.