About Warren Dean Welker
Warren Dean Welker was born October 12, 1916, to parents, James Melvin Welker and his wife Margaretta E. Brown. Previous to his birth, James and Margaretta had two other sons, Melvin Leon, who was born and died in 1911, and James Arthur, born in 1915, who also died young. In the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, they were living in Fall River, Freemont, Idaho, and were listed as: James, 39, Margaretta, 28, Warren, 3 years, 3 months old, and brother, Wayne, one year old. Warren's father was working as a farmer. Living next door was Warren's paternal grandmother, Sarah Ann Thornock Welker, who was a 63-year old widow, also working as a farmer, and with her were her two youngest sons, Ernest, 35, and Lowell, 21. The farms were located on the main road from Chester to Drummond, Idaho.
I could find no record of Warren or his parents or siblings in the 1930 U.S. Census, and sadly, James passed away on June 27, 1934, in Buhl, Twin Falls, Idaho. And by 1940, Margaretta was a 48-year old widow, working in the home of James E. McMillian, 50, as a housekeeper. Her daughter, Wanda May, 18, and son, Alfred W., 21, were living with her in Mr. McMillian's home, but Warren must have already left the family by that time, since he would have been 24 years old in 1940.
'Warren Dean Welker was 26 years old, 5'9" tall and 155 pounds when he arrived in San Francisco, California, from Noumea, New Calidonia, (off the eastern coast of Australia) on August 7, 1943. Could he have been returning from service during World War II?
There is a California Death Index Record for Warren D. Welker, born October 12, 1916, in Idaho, who passed away in Los Angeles, California, June 18, 1964. I wonder if Warren ever had a wife and family of his own.
Warren's mother, Margaretta, born December 24, 1891, in Chester, Fremont, Idaho, passed away on February 23, 1968, in Baldwin Park, Los Angeles County, California, at the age of 76 years old. She had married James Melvin Welker on June 29, 1909, in Saint Anthony, Freemont, Idaho.