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6/23/2011 7:30:00 AM
Bob " Coach" Wallis

Bob "Coach" Wallis, age 88, of Sugar Camp and Rhinelander died on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. He was born on Feb. 3, 1923, in Chicago, the son of Wayne and Gladys (Scholz) Wallis. Bob was raised and attended schools in Chicago, graduating from Fenger High School in1940.

He then attended Northwestern University where he received his masters degree in education. After graduation he enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, on the Destroyer USS Ault, during W.W.II. After returning from the war, he was married to Barbara Gibney in Chicago on Aug. 3, 1946.

He also signed a contract with the Chicago Cardinals and played professional football. He eventually began his teaching and coaching career in Wasta, S.D., then Toulon, Ill., and ending up in Rhinelander, where he coached football, tennis and basketball, taking his 1949-1950 basketball team to the state tournament. He also started and coached the first Rhinelander High School golf team. In addition to the school sports, Bob played "hardball" for Starks and the Rhinelander Shorty's. He was inducted into the Hodag Hall of Fame in 2006.

After leaving Rhinelander, Bob enjoyed a 35-year career with IBM. After retiring he returned to the Rhinelander area, living in his home on Stone Lake in Sugar Camp with his wife, Barbara. Bob was always a very competitive golfer and was a member of the Rhinelander Country Club. He had tremendous love for his family. His wife, children and grandchildren all benefited from this generous man.

Bob Wallis is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Bob (Kay) Wallis of Birmingham, Ala., and Barry (Cynthia) Wallis of Sugar Camp; grandchildren, Shannon, Rob, Ryan and Erin Wallis.

He was preceded in death by his son, Greg.

A reception in Bob's honor will be held from 4- 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the Rhinelander Country Club.

The Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, (715) 479-4777, of Eagle River, is serving the family.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 24, 2022
Article comment by: Jeff Smith

RIP Bob & Barb. As your nearby neighbor, Cooksey and I always admired you two, and enjoyed our visits. We sorely miss you both and wish we could relive our times together. Not until your passing did we realize the treasures we were acquainted with. May your progeny always remember your legacy as we do. Thank you for being our friends.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011
Article comment by: chuck skinner

Rest in Peace Coach, You were always my idol and friend.
Thanks for the memories.

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