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R. P. Welbourne

Watertown Daily Times, 07 24 1961

City Physician

And Surgeon Dies

After Long Siege


Dr. Raymond P. Welbourne, 47, 1663 Utah Street, Watertown physician and surgeon who suffered a stroke at his home June 10, died at University Hospital in Madison shortly after 10 o’clock Saturday night following a long and valiant battle against death which included brain surgery performed earlier this month.


First reports following the operation had been guardedly optimistic but for several days before his death the reports had not been hopeful after complications developed.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church with the pastor, the Rev. Royal F. Shepard, Jr., officiating.  Interment in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.


Friends may pay their respects at the Schmutzler Funeral Home from 3 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday and up to 10 a.m. on Wednesday.  The body will be in state at the church after 11 a.m. Wednesday.


Dr. Wellbourne was married to the former Ruth Terwedow of Watertown.  She survives as do a daughter, Laurel, and four sons, Paul, David, John and Peter, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Harry Welbourne, Watertown; a brother, Everet of Hartford and two sisters, Mrs. Esther Gustafson, Kenosha, and Mrs. Dorothy Turner, Waukesha


To Dr. Welbourne


Our prayers are being answered,

Oh Dr. Welbourne dear;

You’ll see some smiling faces

Again when you are here.

For many years you’ve helped us

To fact dark hours grim;

You’ve pulled us through our sickness

When our chances were dim.

Now ‘tis our turn to show you

Our great love and respect

For your noble sacrifice,

No patient to neglect.

May God bring you back to health

We are praying for you;

Our good, loyal doctor friend,

Ever to duty true.


Blanche V. Jessup,

A grateful patient.



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