A vigil for the three murdered members of the Welp family will be held Tuesday evening, followed by a Catholic funeral mass the following afternoon.
Theodore Welp, his wife, Elaine, and their adult son, Tom Welp, were killed between March 8 and 10 at their home at 9700 N. Cartwright Road in the Boise Foothills. Their bodies were discovered on March 10.
The vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Summers Funeral Home, 1205 W. Bannock St. The funeral mass will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Student Center, 1915 University Dr., on the Boise State University campus.
The Rev. Jack Bentz of St. Paul’s will officiate at the mass.
Adam Dees, 22, of Nampa, is accused of trying to sell Elaine Welp’s diamond engagement ring and making purchases paid for with the victims’ credit cards on the day their bodies were found. Detectives recovered the ring last week from a local jeweler and obtained credit card receipts allegedly signed by Dees in the victims’ names.
Dees has not been charged in the murders, which are still being investigated by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives have not said whether they are looking at other suspects besides Dees, who is being held on $2 million bond at the Ada County Jail.
Sheriff Gary Raney late last week said residents could “sleep peacefully” but did not provide further explanation.
No new information on the case has been shared publicly this week.
Ted and Elaine Welp spent 57 years together, according to their obituary, which is scheduled to run in Thursday’s edition of The Idaho Statesman. Elaine Welp, 76, was born May 8, 1938, at her grandmother’s cabin at the base of Mount Borah in Custer County. Ted Welp, 80, was born June 13, 1934, in Colma, Calif., and grew up working with his father in the landscaping and walnut growing businesses.
Ted Welp attended Santa Clara University on a baseball scholarship and later played for the U.S. Army team. He also loved to play golf.
Thomas Welp, 52, was born Sept. 21, 1962, in San Jose, Calif. He attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y., and later worked for IBM. His family said he loved his horses, Frosty and Monsoon, who served as his eyes and ears as he pursued his outdoor interests.
Ted Welp served as president of Tuscon Electric Power in Arizona and later became CEO of the company’s Alamito Company subsidiary when it was spun off as a separate seller of wholesale power. Previously, he worked for General Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric in California.
Elaine Welp was known as an accomplished cook, an avid reader and a member of the Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild. She was an early advocate and supporter of the value of sign language for the deaf, which included the couple’s son, Tom.
Elaine Welp also directed the family’s charitable foundation, the Dove Foundation, which donated money to help with eye research, with Catholic charities and the deaf and blind communities.
In the early 1990s, Ted and Elaine Welp spent summers in Stanley, where they owned a ranch. More recently, they moved from Tuscon to Boise.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to a Catholic charity or to the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.
The Casey Institute conducts research into Usher Syndrome, which is characterized by hearing loss and progressive vision loss.
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