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Rodney Keith Welker, BHS 1966?

Rodney Keith Welker, BHS 1966?

Rodney Keith Welker; Police Officer

Los Angeles Times (CA) - November 16, 1991

Rodney Keith Welker, a 21-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department who was stationed in the San Fernando Valley, has died at a Northridge hospital. He was 43. Welker died Thursday of cancer, according to police officials.

Born in Burbank, Welker graduated from Burbank High School and joined the police force in August, 1970. He worked at the North Hollywood Division and most recently was assigned to the Devonshire Division, where he worked in the crime analysis division and was a field training officer coordinator. Police Chief Daryl F. Gates recently gave Welker a 20-year service pin at his hospital bedside.

He is survived by his wife of two years, Gloria Welker; a son, Richard K. Welker, and stepson Aaron Carlton, both of Leona Valley; a daughter, Tammy Ege of Palmdale; his parents, Rex and Alma Welker of Pahrump, Nev.; brothers Rex Welker Jr. of Rosamond and Roy Welker of Santa Cruz, and his grandparents, Harry W. and Ethel R. King of Oceano, Calif.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Murphy Mortuary, 154 E. Ave. I, Lancaster, which is handling the arrangements. A funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9044 Leona Ave., Leona Valley. Burial will follow at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Palmdale. Donations can be made in Welker's name to the Los Angeles Police Department Memorial Fund.

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