From The Toledo Blade

John B. Welch, who succeeded his father as publisher of family-owned weekly Toledo-area newspapers and was a leader in Perrysburg civic and service groups, died Tuesday in Flower Hospital. He was 66.

Mr. Welch of Perrysburg Township had cancer, and he remained active in his business and community.

“He would be tired, but he was out and about,” his wife, Sally, said. He celebrated his birthday last month among 180 people attending a kickoff party for an American Cancer Society event at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club.

Mr. Welch was publisher, general manager, and vice president of Welch Publishing Co., formed after the 1969 purchase by his late father, Robert Welch, of the newspaper company where the elder Mr. Welch worked since 1947. The company’s publications include the Perrysburg Messenger Journal; Rossford Record Journal; Holland-Springfield Journal, and Point and Shoreland Journal.

“He was fair and very giving,” said Deb Buker, editor the last decade of the Perrysburg Messenger Journal. “He loved his employees. They were more family than employees.

“He was very community-oriented. That is the key to the four papers,” she said. “He was very involved with everything in Perrysburg.”

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