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Weltzin Family Donates to the American Trotter Trail

August 27, 2018 (Independence, IA) – The Independence Community School District (ICSD) would like to extend their thanks to a recent donor of the American Trotter Trail project, the Weltzin family. The Weltzin family made a donation of a bench with a plaque which reads, “Flying with butterflies. In memory of Sheryl Weltzin,” in the memory of their mother, Sheryl Weltzin.

Sheryl R. Weltzin was a woman who emphasized the importance of making the most of the little things.  While others looked to high profile vacations and expensive toys, Sheryl was content to sit on her deck in the early morning hours, drinking coffee, reading a book, and listening to the birds chirp.  Sheryl epitomized and emphasized integrity, strength, and empathy.  She instilled these values into her four children Jeremy, Jennifer, Jillian, and Jesse, from an early age, using every day family activities to drive togetherness and a caring environment.  Her children were everything to her, and she made sure to provide them with the utmost support through all of their endeavors.

Sheryl worked at Kwik Star in Independence for 25 years, and by all accounts, was a customer favorite due to her bubbly attitude and genuine approach.  Her favorite hobbies included: watching old time westerns and shows, enjoying her quiet morning time, visiting the Amish in the country, piecing together puzzles, and was especially gifted at sewing.

The family thought a bench on the trail close to the prairie grass where someone could sit and listen to the birds and nature as their mother did, was a wonderful way to keep their mother’s memory alive. Their bench is located at the east entrance of the American Trotter Trail.

The funds donated to the American Trotter Trail Project are used to pay for the benches, lighting and litter receptacles along the trail.

Making a donation to the American Trotter Trail is a distinct way to honor a loved one, recognize a graduating class (Class of XXXX), remember an achievement (XXXX State Champs), or publicize your business name to all who frequent the trail.

Community members have access to this paved trail on part of the Independence Community School District’s 92 acres. The American Trotter Trail name is in honor of the late C.W. Williams who owned a horse racing publication in the 1890’s called, The American Trotter, and also had a nationally recognized kite-shaped horse racing track, located primarily on the school’s 92 acres.  The American Trotter Trail connects all three school buildings, creating a unified campus.

To make a donation or for more information on the American Trotter Trail, visit the Independence Mustang Foundation website at


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