Below is his obituary.
Gary grew up on his family's farm in rural Marshall, Illinois, graduating from Marshall High School in 1980.
Welsh attended Eastern Illinois University where he earned a Bechelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in 1984, and later attended Indiana University School Of Law - Indianapolis, earning a Juris Doctorate degree (magna cum laude) in 1993.
Welsh maintained a private law practice in Indianapolis from October 1993 to present, and was associated with the law firm of Bingham Summers Welsh and Spellman for five years (1993 - 1998) where he provided general business and government relations services.
Welsh served as General Counsel for Novanis, an information technology company in Carmel, Indiana from 1998 - 2002.
Prior to practicing law, Gary worked for the Illinois General Assembly where he served six years as an assistant to Illinois House Republican Leader Lee A. Daniels, and staffed the House Revenue Committee.
Welsh was a member of the Indiana Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association and served as Province President for the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity for the State of Indiana.
He was a member of the Lockerbie People's Club, and served on the board of the Lockerbie Glove Condominimum Association. He was an elected precinct committeeman for the Marion County Republican Party in Center Township.
Welsh was the author of a popular political blog, "Advance Indiana" which started as a pastime, but quickly became his passion, attracting thousands of followers.
Visitation will be at the Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. 3rd St., West Terre Haute on Thursday May 5, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST with a Celebration of Life immediately following at 6:00 p.m. EST. Private burial will be in Dunlap Cemetery. The family suggests that if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Armstrong United Methodist Church or the Dunlap Cemetery Association, or the Terre Haute Humane Society with envelopes available in the funeral home. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/indystar/obituary.aspx?n=gary-r-welsh&pid=179874811&fhid=30360#sthash.J6YAb5GK.dpuf