Ross Alan Welch(1961 - 2103)

Ross Alan Welch went to be with the Lord on March 14, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born July 17, 1961 in Manila, Philippines to Frank and Deloris Welch, Ross was a devoted dad who loved his kids and was very proud of them.

His daughter, Stephanie served her country in the Air Force and is now retired. She is currently completing her second college degree in San Antonio, Texas. His son, Cody, just returned from a tour in Afghanistan serving his country well. He returned just in time to be by his Dad's side. His son, Wyatt, is studying in Denver to be a broadcaster. All his children looked up to their Dad, admired his hard work and caring spirit, and loved him deeply. Ross was always there for his kids.

Ross grew up working cattle with his Great Uncle Cy south of Ennis where he grew to love horses and rodeo, which he passed on to his kids. He graduated from Belgrade High in 1979, helping the Panthers to a state football championship. His work took him to West Yellowstone, Sacramento and Redding, Calif., where his love of golf began. One highlight of his life was golfing at Pebble Beach. His love of Montana's mountains, fishing, and hunting, brought the family back to the Gallatin Valley. They lived here until Wyatt's accident lead them to Denver.

Ross worked hard and always reached out to lend a helping hand when the need arose. His good deeds often paid off with hunting privileges and in finding an angel named Coleen. After meeting Coleen and her son, Cameron, his handy work softened her up and his humor and caring won her over. Despite his battle with cancer, Coleen devoted much of the past two years helping him through the toughest battle of his life. Coleen was truly a blessing from above.

Ross was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jerry; and his grandparents, Albert and Zetta Welch and Bud and Alvina Baker; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Ross is survived by his three children, Stephanie (April), Cody, Wyatt; his love, Coleen, her son, Cameron; his brother, Tracy (Sue) and brother, Dan (Janice). He is also survived by nieces, Hanah, Samantha, Brandy, Coralee, Jillian; great-niece, Lexi; and great-nephews, Declan, Connor, and Lincoln and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Ross will be missed!

A celebration of his life will be held at the River Rock Pavilion off of Amsterdam Road at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23. Casual dress is required. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Craig Hospital Foundation, Patient Assistance Fund, 4325 S. Clarkson Street, Englewood, CO 80113 or Home Builders Foundation of Metro Denver, 9033 E. Easter Place, Ste 200, Centennial, CO 80112.

Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Mar. 17 to Mar. 21, 2013