Vincent M. ‘Coach’ Gavre

April 5, 1914 - Dec. 25, 2006

Vincent M. Gavre, longtime Waukesha resident and teacher, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Center. He was 92.

He was born April 5, 1914, in Port Edwards, the son of John and Elizabeth Gavre.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Eleanor Ruth Gavre, who passed away in November 1989.

Vince graduated from Alexander High School in Nekoosa, and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor of science degree in 1939 and a master of science degree in 1947. At Madison, Vince was a starting quarterback and defensive back for three years on the Badger football team. During his junior year, he was selected as the UW "outstanding student athlete." As a senior captain of the 1938 Badger team, Vince earned all-conference and All-American honors, and later played in the first Blue-Grey All Star Game.

Vince was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, but opted to accept a job teaching and coaching football at Merrill High School. In 1942, he entered military service in World War II. As a captain in the 5th U.S. Army Air Corps, Vince was awarded multiple bronze stars while serving in the Pacific Theater.

After the war, Vince returned to Wisconsin, marrying Eleanor on January 1946 and resuming his teaching and coaching careers. Following two years as an assistant coach at UW-Madison and two years as head coach at Western State College in Colorado, he moved to Waukesha in 1950 to teach and coach football and golf at Waukesha High School. Vince left coaching behind after a short and successful coaching career so that he could devote more time to his family and his teaching career. He taught at Waukesha for 25 years, instructing thousands of students in classes including American problems, sociology and economics. Vince had a worthy reputation of being a challenging, strict and yet fair teacher.

He is survived by his sons, Marshall (Sally) Gavre of Fairfield, Iowa, and Kevin Gavre of Genesee. Vince was extremely proud of his granddaughters, Dana Lauren, a third-year Ph. D fellow at the University of Chicago, and Carly Beth, a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is also survived by the devoted mother of his grandchildren, Jan Gavre of Brookfield.

The family appreciates memorials made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society or to the memorial of one’s choice.

A notice of memorial services will be given at a future date.