Judson LeRoy Welliver, 94, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne, his parents, Roy and Etta (Mahaney) Welliver and grandson, Elliott. He is survived by his children, Mary Hickey, Stephen (Ann) Welliver, Libby (Dennis) Devere, and David Welliver. Grandchildren Anne Marie Pfaender, Judd (Carly) Welliver, Kathryn (John) Ryan, Elizabeth (Steve) Orme, Miriam (Nicholas) Gerace, Kyle Welliver, Forrest Welliver, Hannah Welliver. Eight great-grandchildren and friend Tammy.
Judd was born September 29, 1923, the only child of Etta and Roy. He spent his childhood in St. Paul, Minnesota and summers at his beloved Camp Widjiwagan, YMCA camp near Ely, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1948 and pursued a Master’s degree in Forestry at Yale University. Judd was a U.S. Veteran of WWII having served in both the European and Asiatic Pacific campaigns. He received the Bronze Star for his efforts in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon return from the war, Judd met and married Anne Blaine Rothschild on September 8, 1948. They moved to Grand Rapids and raised their four children. Throughout his life, Judd remained a member of the Society of American Foresters and member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter of small and large game and made numerous trips in the US and Canada. In business, Judd founded Lake States Tree Service, a business which cleared utility lines over a five state area.
Judd was an accomplished man in life but to his family and friends, three attributes stand out....his great love of family and loyalty to friends, his love of his country...a true patriot, and his devotion to nature and the outdoors. His children, grandchildren and friends will hold him forever in memory as a listening man who could also tell wonderful stories! A voracious reader and historian, he peppered nightly dinners with stories of everything from Winston Churchill to the wild game he saw in the forest that day. And he had a twinkle in his eye for all.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. All donations received by the family will be donated to Camp Widjiwagan, Ely, MN. Please see online family guestbook at www.andrews-libbeyfh.com. Arrangements by Andrews-Libbey Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 218-326-4000.