Jack Welch, 71, of Pana died Thursday, December 27, 2012 in Pana Community Hospital. He was born March 28, 1941 in Pana, the son of Walter V. & Blanche Howard Welch. Jack served in the U. S. Air Force and had lived in Pana and Taylorville most of his life. He retired from Essex where he was a machine operator; he later drove a truck and worked in other factories. He married Louella Enlow and they were later divorced. Jack married Georgia Reed Luechtefeld on December 25, 2000 in Pana. He is survived by his wife: Georgia Welch, Pana, IL; children: Gary Welch and wife Dawn, Taylorville, IL; Darlena Krueger and husband Steve, McLean, IL; Wendy Howard and husband Donnie, Taylorville, IL; Ronda Jacobs and husband Todd, Kincaid, IL; Allen Rerucha and wife Joyce and Teresa Knickerbocker, both in Nebraska; grandchildren: Heather Anderson, Cody Howard, Steven Jacobs, Whitney Jacobs, McKenzie Jacobs, Nicholas Welch, Nichole Welch; great grandchildren: Logan Waterman and Drake Howard; brother: Charles Caraker, Pana, IL; and by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Earlene Wallace. A Celebration of Life service will be held Monday, December 31, 2012 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Joe Mollet officiating. Cremation rites were accorded and no committal service is planned. A time for sharing will be Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Light a virtual candle or send condolences to the family at www.mdfh.com.