Kenneth Bernard Welsh, 43, of Napa Ca., born to Jo-Ellen Kenyon and George Price on Dec. 2nd, 1974 in Greenville Ca., went home to be with the Lord on June 5th, 2018. He was greeted at the gates by his (Dad) Mark Welsh who preceded him in 1986 when Ken was just 11. His dad’s passing was an event that changed the course of his life and had an effect on many of his life choices. The image of that reunion and his freedom from his lifetime of pain that stemmed from that separation as a boy is comforting to those who knew him. As broken as our hearts may now be, his heart is now whole again, and for that, we are happy for him even in our sorrow. Also, there to greet him were his grandparents William Vesper, Joyce Cammauf, Yvonne Welsh, Ralph Sr. & Virginia Kenyon, as well as his Aunt Linda Vesper, Uncle George Vesper, and his dog Kato.
Ken is survived by his wife April Welsh, whom he married on opening day of Dove (bird of love) season so he wouldn’t forget their anniversary. Being the character and avid hunter he was he would then run off and hunt them. His daughter Paige Glover, whom he adored and was always so proud. His dog Toby, parents Ralph and Jo-Ellen Kenyon, siblings, Ralph Kenyon lll, Michelle Hawkins, Melissa Conway, and Katie Welsh, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was particularly close to his cousin Ron Stutting; they were more like brothers—thick as thieves with fights in between.
Ken was a very talented painter in the Napa Valley and surrounding areas. He painted many beautiful homes and even some mansions over the years.
He loved Tae Kwon Do and won many awards competing.
Ken’s passion was for the outdoors though; he loved hunting, fishing, bowhunting, hiking, and backpacking into camp. He was a true outdoorsman, and he enjoyed sharing that with others. He particularly enjoyed teaching his nephew Ryan Gorman the way of the outdoors over the years, starting with pulling crawdads from the creek and teaching him how to cook and eat them before he could even ride a bike.
His love for the outdoors and his very genuine heart led him to also volunteer with the search and rescue over the years when he could.
He loved to BBQ for his friends and family, was great at telling stories keeping them entertained as well as educating them on the best way to prepare the meats. So it should be of no surprise that a BBQ with family, close friends, and the sharing of stories will take place in honor of who he was and all that he loved.