Mike was born on November 26, 1954 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Williamsport is the hometown of Little League baseball, and coincidentally Mike loved to play baseball as a young boy. According to his brother Donald, he was an amazing pitcher! Mike spent most of his childhood living in San Bernardino, Ca.
At the young age of 17 Mike enlisted in the Army, reporting to Fort Ord, California He spoke so fondly of his time in the service and the ability it gave him to see many parts of the world. He traveled overseas to Germany, and told stories of sleeping under military tanks at night, and trading pound cake rations to the people in the small towns there. He later would be assigned to Hawaii, where he served as a guard at Pearl Harbor. He was a tank driver, and was proud to have achieved recognition as an Armored Reconnaissance Specialist during his time at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
After Mike left the service, he landed in Pennsylvania once again, and then later Buffalo, New York. He would go on to live in many states, including Arizona, Kansas, Illinois, Nevada, and ultimately would return back to California, living in Wildomar California for 25 years .
As a young man in his twenties Mike met a man in the construction business, who hired him and showed him all the ropes of that business. Mike was a natural, and would work for him for many years before he finally struck out on his own and started his own construction business. Mike's specialty and passion was carpentry, and what a talented carpenter he became. He never met a piece of wood that he didn't appreciate. He would remain in the Carpentry profession all his life.
Mike always had a boyish quality to him; he never wanted to act or look old. Levi shorts and flip flops were his favorite attire. He had an endearing devilish smile, and a great sense of humor. Mike loved to help others, often stopping to help people on the side of the road, or helping neighbors in need. He loved animals; dogs and cats were always part of his world. And, he loved old vintage cars. His happiest times were spent driving in one of his old cars, riding hat on, and rock and roll oldies music blaring on the radio. Mike had a love of nature and often commented on how much he loved living in Southern California where he could see rolling hills from our home, visit the beach, the mountains and enjoy the outdoors.
Mike married Audrey in 1996; his wife for almost 22 years until his untimely death in 2018. Mike learned to love antiques, and together they spent their free time collecting and restoring antiques. He was proud of his home and all of the improvements that he made over the years.
Mike is survived by his wife Audrey Welshans of Wildomar, Ca., mother Janice Welshans of Hemet, Ca., brother and sister in law Donald and Margo Welshans of Las Vegas, Nv, brother Gary Welshans, Ca, and sister Ann Chase, North Carolina.
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