Age 65, of Holt, MI, passed away June 2, 2021. He was born August 23, 1955, in Lansing, MI, to the late F. Cassius and Margaret (Ruppert) Shaft.
Rocky was a 1973 graduate of Holt High School and received his Bachelor of Education from Western Michigan University in 1977. He was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa. He taught 1 year in Jackson then came to Holt and taught until 2017.
He was the Holt head wrestling coach for 41 years, amassing more than 600 wins, 34 district championships, 3 state titles, and multiple conference wins. He was nominated two times for the national coach of the year, and was inducted into the Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
One of Rocky’s favorite things to do was chop wood at 5:00 a.m. He loved traveling and spending time with family. He will be deeply missed.
Rocky is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Elizabeth; children, Shanna Shaft, Heather (Sean) Hanton, and Kendra (Drew) Klier; grandchildren, Callen and Tavin Hanton, and Cecilia and Rupert Klier; sisters, Jacklyn Ribby, Suzanne (Larry) Leyrer, Kay (Larry) Cotton, Sally (Dean) Hartley, and Mona (Lou) Cognata; and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the Holt High School Gymnasium, 5885 W. Holt Rd. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the gym. Please use the West Commons entrance. Interment will follow at East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holt Wrestling Club, Inc., P.O. Box 272, Holt, MI 48842. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.
“The fun is in the memories.” – Rocky Shaft