Haviland comes together to help Coach Rob

Hannah Brown/Kiowa County Signal
Members of the Haviland Fire Department (from left) Rose Spain, William and Christopher Langly, Westin Rose, Kanyon Rose, Michael Rose and Ed Lofgren came together to build Robin Rose a porch ramp in Haviland. Coach Rose has had several surgeries and mobility is difficult. [Courtesy photo]

Robin Rose, or Coach Rob as many know him, a long time Haviland native who is always serving other people has fallen on hard times due to a series of surgeries. 

“He had surgery several months ago to replace his left hip. There were issues and it did not take correctly and eventually had infection causing severe pain and making it hard to walk,” said Cyndee Tuttle, who has helped coordinate donations. 

Robin was in the hospital once again to remove the hip joining and clean up the infection. Rose had to have two more surgeries to continue cleaning out the infection, totally three surgeries in five days. All of these surgeries have put Robin and his wife Marilyn in a tough position. Robin has been off of work for months due to the initial hip replacement surgery, using all of his paid leave. Now he faces even more time off. After  8-12 weeks of healing and antibiotics via IV, Robin will have another surgery to put in a new hip joint with physical therapy to follow. Rose has lived in Haviland since 1993, working at Haviland Grade School as the maintenance man the whole time. From 1995-2009, Rose coached football at Haviland High School and Kiowa County High School, influencing hundreds of young men during his time on the sidelines. Rose has also served on the Haviland Fire Department for more than two decades, claiming the roll as chief for the last three years. After his years of service, people were ready and willing to help in any way they could. 

“The Haviland Fire Department gathered volunteers from the community and donations to build a ramp to enable him to get in and out of the house as needed while relying on a wheelchair,” said Tuttle. 

Tuttle also started a Facebook fundraiser. As of Sunday, 73 people have donated $5935. There is a meal train being organized as another way to help Robin and his wife Marilyn. To find updates or make a donation, check out the Facebook page “Support for Coach Rob and Marilyn”.