William “Bill” Welcher, 79, of Kingwood, Texas, passed away over the weekend. Many in the lube industry will remember Welcher as a pioneer in the fast lube industry and Penn 10.
Welcher worked his entire career in the petroleum industry, beginning as a clerk at a retail location operated by Elk Refining Company, which would later be purchased by Pennzoil Products Company. During his 46-year career with Pennzoil, he led various operating divisions of Pennzoil in both the fuels and lubricants business segments. He lived and worked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cleveland, Ohio, and ultimately Houston, Texas. He was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing the fast lube industry, and was honored as one of its most influential people. He retired from Pennzoil in 1996 as group vice president of the Pennzoil Products Company, as well as a member of its operating committee.
Services will be held May 31 in Charleston, West Virginia.
Welcher’s full obituary can be found in the Charleston Gazette.