Stephen E. Welter

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A well-known Prairie du Chien businessman, Stephen E. Welter, 77, passed away Thursday, Sept. 27, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn. 

He was born Dec. 9, 1940, in Eau Claire, the son of Edward and Kathryn (Miller) Welter. Steve graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien and later from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He married Lynda Oestreich on Aug. 31, 1963. Steve owned and operated Quality Wood Treating in Prairie du Chien for over 30 years. He later established Welter Real Estate in Prairie du Chien and was involved in several other various business ventures. He was a member of the Peoples State Bank Board and the Prairie du Chien Country Club Board. Steve was a pilot and enjoyed golfing, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. 

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lynda; his children, Becky (Jon) Nommensen, of West Salem, Stephen “Gus” (Kathleen), of Junction City, and Erich (Meghan), of Prairie du Chien; his sister Kathryn “Kay” Carl, of Beloit; his brothers, David (Beth), Jeffrey (Colleen) and Gary (Karen), all of Prairie du Chien; his grandchildren, Regina, Kathryn, Olivia, Jacklyn, Austin, Julia, Nathan, Stephanie and Wyatt; along with his great-grandchildren, Hannah, Ricky, Reagan, Nash and Beckett. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Bridget.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev. James Weighner officiating, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call on Monday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien. 

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