Face to Face: Tonganoxie’s Jim Welter
Name: Jim Welter
Born: Selden, a small northwest Kansas town near Colby.
Family: Wife, Kris, an interior painter, two sons, Chad and Curt who are owners/business partners at Active Family Chiropractic in Overland Park.
Occupation: Loan officer at First State Bank and Trust, Tonganoxie.
Dream job as a child: Veterinarian
Interesting fact: Welter previously worked at a First State Bank and Trust in Hill City before coming to the First State Bank and Trust in Tonganoxie. But though they have the same name, they are not affiliated with each other.
Digging deeper: Welter is a 1976 graduate of Colby High School and a 1980 graduate of Kansas State University where he earned a degree in agriculture economics.
From there, he worked at the Hanston State Bank from 1980-94 and First State Bank and Trust in Hill City from 1994-2006. He has been at First State Bank and Trust in Tonganoxie since 2006.
Welter met his wife while she was finishing her veterinarian technician degree at Colby Community College and biology degree from Fort Hays State University.
Welter also has a brother who lives in Lincoln, Ill., who is a retired dean of history at Lincoln University.
While he was growing up, his family was involved with an A&W restaurant, laundromat, irrigation company and farming operation.
“A steady diet of A&W root beer floats will dull your taste buds and increase your waistline over time,” Welter said.
His sons both migrated to Kansas City, graduating from Cleveland Chiropractic College. He and his wife also decided to see the “other side” of the state.
“We have learned that the problems in small communities are much the same across Kansas, but lack of employment and health care providers are pressuring rural Kansas to further decline and migrate to the east side of the state,” he said.
In Welter’s free time, he likes fishing, golfing and following K-State football.