* Photo by Ross Hecox

Date Set for Memorial Service for Finis Welch

Officials announced the date of the memorial celebration for Finis Welch, the late owner of Center Ranch.

Welch, 82, died in August. However, a public memorial service was not held at that time for the well-known economist and horse breeder.

It has now been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6 at Center Ranch in Centerville, Texas. Officials say additional details, including a time, will be released at a later date.

Horses bred by Center Ranch have won more than $3 million and numerous prizes, including the 2012 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Co-Champion CR Tuff Hearted Cat. The sorrel mare, like many of Center Ranch’s winners, was sired by ranch stallion and Equi-Stat Elite $6 Million Sire Woody Be Tuff. The ranch’s stallion roster also includes CR Highlight, a winning son of High Brow Cat.

Welch was survived by his two daughters: Melissa Lea Welch and Marci Lynn Welch, both of Dallas. He was preceded in death by his son, Samuel Oliver Welch, who died in a car crash at the age of 21 in 1993.