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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Coach William Max Welch

1924 - 2020

OBITUARY

Coach William Max Welch of Terre Haute passed away at Union Hospital in the early morning hours of December 22, 2020. He was born nearly 97 years ago in Terre Haute on January 14, 1924 to Thomas C. Welch and Margaret Dildine Welch. He was preceded in death by four brothers – James, Robert, Winston and Forrest Welch and one sister, Dorothy Williamson. He is survived by several nieces and nephews along with their many children and grandchildren. Bill Welch grew up in Terre Haute and...

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Bob Jacobs

January 13, 2021 6:38 PM

Coach Welch has been a constant feature and positive influence in my life and the life of many of those who he coached.  He never stopped coaching, offering positive encouragement and advice to me and even my kids via Facebook 30 years after I had him as a coach at Rose.  He was a genuinely good man who cared deeply about everyone who came across his path.  I will miss his stories and constant positive attitude.

RIP Coach - YOU are the real BLUE CHIP WINNER! 

Rob Lundstrom

January 10, 2021 9:09 PM

Coach was a man who influenced a countless number through his many roles as a Terre Haute sports icon, war hero, academic teacher and life educator to influence all who had the honor to meet and know him.  Men and women of his stature can never be replaced, but deserve to be forever honored and memorialized so future generations have the opportunity to learn invaluable lessons from their life stories as they marvel at their contributions and achievements.

RIP Coach.

Ben

January 6, 2021 9:08 PM

I remember running for Coach at Rose-Hulman.  I think he knew more about track and field than anyone else I know forgot.  He also had character and cared about the character of his athletes.  He wanted us to succeed in life.

Rich Hale

January 6, 2021 7:49 PM

Coach Welch was a large influence in my life and more than just a cross country and track coach to me, he was also a life coach. His sage advice on living life will forever be valuable to me and I will be sure to pass it down to my children as well. 

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