Roy Welton ’70
Roy Welton ’70 of Holland, Michigan, died on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. He was 69 and will be missed by his loving wife, large extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Welton; and is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Cindi Welton. He was an inspirational father to daughter, Courtney Welton; son, Adam Magoon (Kim); and step daughters, Darcy Komejan and Dee Dee (Drew) Torres; grandchildren, Brecken, Casen, Jack, Alex, Aaron, Andrea and Mary; great grandchildren, Andrew Ty and Eleanor. He is also survived by his mom, Winnie Welton; siblings, Brad and Janus; brother in law, Mike (Kay) Staszel; sister-in-law, Lynn Ball; and mother-in-law, Betty Staszel; nephews and cousins.
Roy was born in New York and came to Michigan to attend Hope College. He graduated in 1970 and then earned advanced degrees from Western Michigan University. As a psychologist, he specialized in the field of rehabilitation.
He began his professional career at the State of Michigan Vocational Rehabilitation Services and taught classes at Davenport University in the 1970’s. In 1979, he joined the psychological practice, Human Resource Associates. He was a managing partner at Trade Center Counseling and Health Associates in 1984 and owned the practice, Welton and Associations since 1994.
Roy was also an expert witness and testified in thousands of cases during his professional life involving personal injury, medical malpractice, divorce and disability.
Roy was a very special man to many people and he used his many skills and abilities to teach and inspire, profoundly influencing the lives of others. Most importantly, he accepted clients and counseled them as if they were part of his family. He was loved by all who knew him and will be deeply missed.
He would want people to remember him for his altruistic spirit of generosity, his advocacy for the disabled and his enthusiasm in helping others achieve their goals.
At his specific wish, his body was cremated and a private family ceremony has taken place.
For those with the desire, memorials may be made to Kids Food Basket or the Children’s Advocacy Center of Ottawa County.
The family welcomes messages and memories in their online guestbook at www.langelandsterenberg.com