- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - Former Hastings Mayor Bill Welton has died. He was 75.

Welton died Sunday but the family asked not to disclose the cause of death, the Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center said.

Welton was elected mayor in 1980 after defeating incumbent Bob Allen, the Hastings Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/YLUXXq ). Welton elected to serve only one term, leaving office in 1984. Prior to his election, Welton served on the Hastings Board of Public Works. After his mayoral term, he served as president of the Hastings Museum Board of Trustees.

Born on Aug. 31, 1939, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Welton grew up in Hastings, where he attended school and graduated from Hastings College. He later earned his master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Welton moved out of state to work as an electro-optical engineer for General Electric Co. in Utica, New York, for three years prior to returning to Hastings in 1967.

He served as manager of Madgett-Welton Real Estate Enterprises.

Welton was not the first in his family to jump into local politics. He was the grandson of former Hastings Mayor William Madgett, who was elected in 1915.

Funeral services for Welton are set for 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings.


Information from: Hastings Tribune, https://www.hastingstribune.com

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