We are devastated to announce the passing of George Cory Welder, 51, of Joshua, Texas. He left us on April 10, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer. George, or Cory as family called him, was the gentlest soul and most creatively gifted man who ever lived. He made friends and helped people wherever life took him. He was an amazing man who led an extraordinary life.
He was born October 6, 1971 to parents George R. and Corinne Welder (Sailer) in Fargo, ND. He began playing music at a young age and graduated from Bismarck High School in 1990. On November 20, 1993 George Cory married his soulmate, Kimberly (Landenberger.) On October 3,, 1994 they were blessed to welcome Mickenzie Rane into their world, his angel. On August 27, 1996 they were again blessed to welcome George Hunter, his #1 son. They raised their family in Bismarck, ND and in 2018, took a leap of faith and moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. On February 21, 2023 George Cory became Grampa G to Adelaide Margaret Welder, his “Adeladybug,” which was one of his proudest moments.
George Cory’s passion for music continued as he grew as a drummer, singer, bass and guitar player. Music became his career and passion in life, forming and joining bands such as Incognito, Junk, Zwarte, 7Tall, Fully Loaded, GN8 and American Petty; A Tom Petty Tribute Band. He toured the country with various bands, stopping at Daytona Bike Week, Moondance Jam and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. He was even featured as a guitar player and drummer in Brett Michaels’ True Grit Tour.
As much as he enjoyed playing music, he also enjoyed the production of music, both in the studio and on stage. His employment included Stringbean Music and Makoche Studios in Bismarck, and School of Rock Dallas and EpiCenter Productions in Texas. In addition, he played in the church band at Prairie Heights, and for many years ran sound and production for the Bluegrass Festival at Cross Ranch State Park in ND. When he wasn’t playing music, he worked at Pride Inc. of Bismarck, caring for people with disabilities for over 25 years.
In later years, he pursued acting and expanded his artistic gift by preforming in countless plays, commercials and films. His theatre resume included “Doubt,” “Screwtape,” “Gypsy,” “Proof” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” He was featured in several regional ads for brands including Bobcat/Doosan, Runnings and Bully Pulpit in Medora. Since moving to Texas, he starred in various films including “A Deadly Charter,” “As Through Fire,” “His Stretch of Texas Land,” and most recently, “The Pro Bono Watchman.” One of his proudest roles was acting at Medieval Times in Dallas as Lord Marshal and Chancellor.
George Cory was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, his Uncle Dale and Aunt Brenda (Sailer).
He is survived by his wife Kimberly, his children Mickenzie and George Hunter (Sarah Grahl), his granddaughter Adelaide, his parents George and Corinne Welder, his brother Jeramie Welder, his sister Andrea (Jason) Stugelmeyer, nieces Abby and Lindsey Landenberger and Elicca Stugelmeyer, his nephews Diamonte and Draken Stugelmeyer, his in-laws Les and Ruby Landenberger and Brad and Carla Landenberger, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends, who he loved deeply and are too many to mention.
George Cory Welder will forever be missed and loved, but now walks in peace with God.
A celebration of his extraordinary life will be held later this spring/summer in Bismarck ND. Please watch social media and the Bismarck Tribune website/paper for more information.