James D. ‘Bombo’ Haluska

James D. “Bombo” Haluska reunited with his beloved wife, Ginny, the love of his life, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at the age of 79. Jim took the day off from golf to recharge his batteries for the upcoming Don Bosco golf outing. Unfortunately, his big heart did not cooperate and he died unexpectedly at home from a heart attack.

He was the loving father of Marybeth (Gene) Gardner, Jan (Joe) Boberschmidt, Jim Haluska Jr. (Cheryl), Julie (Tim) Hall and David (Wendy); and proud grandfather of 16 grandchildren: Dan, Matt and Billy Gardner; Joey, Molly, Sarah and Brian Boberschmidt; Jimmy, Kariann and Emily Haluska; Karly, Bobby, Megan and Abby Hall; Sam and Hannah Haluska. He was the son of the late Rudy and Olga Haluska and sonin-law of the late Al and Evelyn Haas. He is further survived by his brothers, Rudy “Bugs” (Carol) and Eugene “Spider,”; sister-inlaw, Jeanne Haas; brotherin-law, Chuck Haas (Janet); other relatives and friends; and his beloved friends of Morningstar golfers and his tee-it-up buddies, Tom and Russ. 

He was a recent inductee into the 2012 University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame and Inductee into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He was a longtime coach and teacher at Don Bosco High School and Thomas More High School, assistant coach and teacher at Pius XI High School and coach at Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School. His coaching legacy will be remembered by the “Quick Kick” on second down, “Form Tackling,” “The Sleeper Play” and the “Double Pass.” Jim will never be forgotten for his creative phy-ed classes, such as “Polish Army,” “Bull in the Ring,” “Tarzan Relays,” “Speedball,” “Mush-Ball” and “Dive and Roll.” He taught his kids and grandkids how to play “I’ll Draw the Frying Pan,” “Captain May I,” “Round-up,” “War” and “7-up.” Jim grew up in Racine playing games such as “Baby in the Hole” and “Walking the Wall at Stephen Bull School.” 

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at St. Matthias Church, 9306 W. Beloit Road, with a Catholic Mass at 6 p.m. Private entombment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to your choice of Racine St. Catherine’s High School, St. Thomas More High School, Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha or Pius XI High School. 

Max A. Sass & Sons-Greenridge directors, 414-282-4050, is serving the family. Visit online at 

(Freeman – Sept. 22, 2012)