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.
James D. ‘Bombo’ Haluska
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.
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
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.
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.
A. Sass & Sons-Greenridge directors, 414-282-4050, is serving the
family. Visit online at www.maxsass.com.
– Sept. 22, 2012)