Harold Welch

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Harold Bruce Welch (November 21, 1912 – April 29, 1995) was a businessman and the father of former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush.

Welch attended Texas Tech University and later married Jenna Hawkins. He ran a home building business and his wife worked as the company's bookkeeper out of their Midland residence.

According to the 104th Infantry Division National Timberwolf Association, Harold served during World War II with the 555th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion. He rose to the rank of Technical Sergeant, and served as Battalion Master Gunner.

Their only child, daughter Laura Lane Bush was born on November 4, 1946.

Harold died on April 29, 1995 at the age of 82 of Alzheimer's disease in Midland, Texas where his wife still lives.