2018-02-08 / Obituaries

James W. Engelhard Sr.

Former Gerrish-Higgins High School teacher and coach James W. Engelhard Sr., 88, died Jan. 30, 2018, at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey.

A Life Celebration will be held Sat­urday, Feb. 10 at the CRAF Center in Roscommon from 2 to 4 p.m.

He was born in Crosby, MN, in 1929, to Raymond “Jake” and Leona (Rochon) Engelhard. He graduated from Ishpem­ing High School and played in the U.P. High School All Star football game in 1946. In 1947, he attended Central Methodist College in Missouri on a foot­ball scholarship where he was a standout player.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and served hon­orably. After his discharge, he began a career in teaching and coaching at Mt. Morris High School. He met the love of his life, Patricia Huffman, in Tustin, where he taught and coached basketball. He moved to Roscommon in 1962 and in 1963 became the head football coach at then Gerrish-Higgins High School.

In 1975, he became the head boys basketball coach and turned a program that had lost all 21 games in 1974 into Regional champions in two years. He also coached the girls basketball and track teams, and built them into success­ful programs. As a teacher and coach, he was “second to none” in the words of fellow coach Tom Weede.

He loved to fish, golf and spend time with his wife (with whom he had won­derful adventures), his two children, three granddaughters and two great- grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Tom (Lori); and sisters, Lois Hart and Eve Hill.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia; children, Jim (Pame­la) Jr. of Roswell, NM and Julie (Bobby) Huerta of Universal City, TX; grand­daughters, Rachel (Tommy) Veitch of 29 Palms, CA, Emilee Engelhard of Albu­querque, NM and Madison Engelhard of Hollywood, CA; great-grandsons, Ad­dison and Finnegan Veitch of 29 Palms, CA; brother, John (Jean) of Point Rob­erts, WA; sisters-in-law, Beverly (Don) Johnson of Tucson, AZ and Marilyn Smith of Tucson, AZ; several nieces and nephews; friends; former students and ballplayers.

Memorials contributions may be made to Roscommon Area District Li­brary, P.O. Box 888, Roscommon, MI 48653.

Arrangements were handled by Walsh Funeral Home, Roscommon.

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