Vincent Marshall ‘Coach’ Gavre

April 5, 1914 - Dec. 25, 2006

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Vince Gavre will be held Monday, July 9, at Retzer Nature Center, S14-W28167 Madison St., town of Waukesha. The center is at the end of Madison Street on the far west side of Waukesha at the intersection of Madison Street and Highway DT.

Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a service to follow at 7 p.m. Casual dress is appreciated, and you are encouraged to arrive early, take a walk and enjoy the setting.

Vince passed away on Christmas Day 2006 at the Van Buren Good Samaritan Center Hospice in Keosauqua, Iowa. Vince was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Eleanor Ruth Gavre, who died Nov. 8, 1989.

Vince was born in Port Edwards. After graduating from Alexander High School in Nekoosa, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he became a star football player and scholar. Vince was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, but opted instead to teach and coach, starting at Merrill High School. He entered the military in 1942 and, after a distinguished and decorated career as a captain in the Army Air Corps, he returned to Wisconsin where he married Eleanor, obtained his master’s degree and continued to coach at UW-Madison.

In 1951, he moved to Waukesha to teach and coach at Waukesha High School. He left coaching in 1955 to devote more time to his young family and teaching career. A teacher at Waukesha for 25 years, Vince instructed thousands of students in economics, sociology and American problems, earning the worthy reputation as a challenging and strict, yet fair, teacher.

He is survived by his sons, Marshall (Sally) Gavre of Fairfield, Iowa, and Kevin Gavre of the town of Genesee. He also is survived by his granddaughters, Dana Lauren, a fourth-year Ph.D. fellow at the University of Chicago, and Carly Beth, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, and their loving mother, Jan Gavre of Brookfield.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Wisconsin Cancer Society or the memorial of the donor’s choice. Thank you.