Incline Coach Weltons Life


Garden City High School and especially Garden City wrestling has been fortunate to have known Coach "Rocky" Welton. Rocky came to Garden City, Kansas in 1984 and brought to the school and program a sense of class and a championship tradition. (GCHS Titles: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994,1998, & 1999).

Today Coach "Rocky" Welton is 81 years young, resides in Abilene, Ks and suffers from Alzheimer's disease a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. Coach Welton was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2009.  There are 7 stages of Alzheimer's disease. Coach's family says he exhibits most of stage 6.  

As his daughter, Heather would say, "There are rough days and there are days that are delightful, it's called life.  Alzheimer's disease doesn't define Dad, it's just a very small chapter in his so very full life." 


As much as it aches our hearts to see a humble man who has had an influence on our life as a wrestler or student suffer from this brain disorder.  The best remedy we can offer him at this time is SUPPORT and PRAYER.

As a longtime former BUFFALO wrestler of GCHS, where we roamed the halls and gyms with dignity & respect and a warrior mentality taught to us daily by a man we now consider a LEGEND in our mind.  I ask that we come together as a BUFFALO FAMILY and show our gratitude.

Please join me in SUPPORTING this campaign to build an inclined ramp for the home of Coach "Rocky" Welton.  The ramp will help him navigate in and out of his home thus decreasing the probability of him and Phyllis  (wife) falling using the stairs outside the front door. 

BUFFALO HERD and GCHS WRESTLING FAMILY its time to roam and share this campaign with all Alumni who were graced by his presence.  

Every penny counts.

All funds and proceeds for this campaign will be handled by the Welton Family.

Once a BUFFALO, Always a BUFFALO!!

Eric De La Rosa
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Organizer and beneficiary

Eric De La Rosa
Olathe, KS
Heather Unruh

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