Larry Joe Welli, 78, of Albuquerque, New Mexico passed away on July 3, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was born August 28, 1938 to George and Esther Welli of Iuka, Kansas. He is survived by a daughter, Leslie Emmel, Janesville, WI, a son, David Welli (Megan Brooks), Lakeville, MN, and a stepson, Robert Seacat, Tulsa, OK. In addition, there are three grandchildren, Lara Welli (Viedell), Aaron Emmel and Lindsay Emmel, and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Earl Welli, Iuka, KS and Stan Welli, Downers Grove, IL.
After graduating from Pratt High School in 1956, Larry enrolled at the University of Kansas. During the summers he worked for a seismograph (oil exploration) company. He also worked for the Rock Island Railroad as a brakeman.
Larry enlisted in the Kansas Air National Guard. In 1962 his unit was placed on active duty and sent to Christmas Island in the South Pacific to support renewed hydrogen bomb tests ordered by President Kennedy. This effort was named Operation Dominic and was the largest nuclear weapon testing program ever conducted by the United States.
In 1964 Larry graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business administration. He went to work as an auditor for the Skelly Oil Company in Tulsa, OK and later in Rochester, MN. In the 1970's he was employed by Alyeska, the company that was building the pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska. After this assignment, he joined Fluor Arabia Limited and was stationed in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. While employed by Fluor, he also had a major assignment in South Africa.
Larry moved to Albuquerque upon retirement and considered this his home. There, he did some freelance accounting for small businesses. Larry enjoyed traveling, learning new things, sending calendars and articles to family and friends, and was proud to work out 6 days a week at Defined Fitness with his friends Caryl and Pablo.
Services will take place at a later date in Iuka, Kansas. Memorials shall be sent to the Pratt County Historical Museum, 208 S. Ninnescah St., Pratt, KS 67124.