Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Paul Welle died in his home on April 10, 2009. He was 46.
Born Nov. 10, 1962, in Sauk Centre, Minn., he grew up in Fridley, Minn., and graduated from Fridley High School. He then attended Anoka Technical College and studied mechanics, where he began work on small engines for a local hardware store and a landscape company. After a few years, he decided to move north to Juneau where his sister, Kathy, and bothers, Jeff and Steve, resided.
He loved Juneau and the surrounding area for its natural beauty and solitude. He was an avid hunter, fisher, crabber and boater. He had a passion for fishing that started when he was a boy in Minnesota, and he spent many hours exploring the woods, streams and mountains in the Juneau area. His hobbies included shooting, hiking and scuba diving.
He worked many jobs in the Juneau area repairing small engines, cars and diesel equipment. His most notable work was performed at Harvey Hildre's Porta Shop, Northern Lights and Don Abel's Equipment Rental.
His family said he had a big heart and would help anyone who needed any kind of assistance with equipment or construction. He would often do the work and refuse payment simply because he enjoyed helping people, his family said.
He also enjoyed bringing people fish and game as gifts, which were always enjoyed by family and friends. He touched many hearts in his time on this earth and will be remembered lovingly by all who knew him, his family added.
He is survived by his parents, Louis and Jackie Welle, of Minnesota and Florida; sisters, Linda Monson and husband, Gary, Katherine Montgomery and husband, Patrick, and Caroline Timmerman, of Minnesota; brothers, Jeffery Welle and wife, Kimberly, of Montana, Richard Welle and wife, Jonelle, Steven Welle, Kenneth Welle and wife, Lori, all of Minnesota; nieces and nephews, Christy and Michelle Bloom, Timothy and Peter Welle, Crystal and Jacob Welle, Christopher and Jennifer Montgomery, Michael and Mathew Timmerman; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
There will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Alaskan Memorial Park Chapel. The chapel is located at 3839 Riverside Drive. His family invites his friends to attend and celebrate Bob's life.