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“Every so often I would search the net to see if I could find out where Jack was and what he was doing. I was so sorry to see that he had passed. In...Read More »
1 of 35 | Posted by: Bill Larsen - Knoxville, TN

“I played for Coach Disler at Lasalle HS in the mid 1980's. He was the first organized basketball coach I had - a lot of good memories of that time,...Read More »
2 of 35 | Posted by: Eric Zolman - Charleston, SC

“Jack Dishler was my Teacher, Coach and most of all, my friend. Mr. Dishler didn't like any food or gum in his class room but Eric & I always had...Read More »
3 of 35 | Posted by: David Ingles - Galien, MI

“May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. ”
4 of 35 | Posted by: Adrienne Collier - South Bend, IN

“I want to thank each and every one of you that has shared your special memory of my dad! I always knew what a great dad he was, and what a great...Read More »
5 of 35 | Posted by: Kay Ellen - Green Bay, WI

“I knew Jack thru working at LaSalle High School. My sons also played basketball under his tutelage. My sincere condolences to his family at this time. ”
6 of 35 | Posted by: Jean Zolman - South Bend, IN

“I am saddened to see the passing of my dear high school basketball coach. My sincere condolences to the family. May your memories of Jack bring you...Read More »
7 of 35 | Posted by: Charmonique Stallworth - IN

“I along with Mr. Streich who posted earlier had Jack as a teacher in 8th grade and he too coached me in our 8th grade basketball team at John...Read More »
8 of 35 | Posted by: George Miller - Lombard, IL

“I wanted to pay tribute to a wonderful teacher and coach. Coach was our 8th grade basketball coach and teacher at John Marshall in South Bend, IN. He...Read More »
9 of 35 | Posted by: Rick Streich - Verona, WI


“I am sorry to hear of your loss of Mr. Disler. I did not know him, but from what I have read, he was a great man, well respected, and loved by many....Read More »
11 of 35 | Posted by: Cindy Wilks - Kendallville, , IN

“Mr. Disler inspired a life long love affair with history, particularly around the "Greatest Generation." We had a really difficult environment,...Read More »
12 of 35 | Posted by: Kim Wagner Barnett - Rohnert Park, CA

“Coach Disler, thank you for everything you taught me in the classrom, on the basketball court and on the track. You led us to a city championship in...Read More »
13 of 35 | Posted by: Chris Kajzer - Mesquite, TX

“I taught Junior Achievement's Project Business for several years during the 80's in Jack's classrooms at Lasalle & Washington High. He made sure...Read More »
14 of 35 | Posted by: Nancy Clark - Niles, MI - friend

“Mr Disler was my 8th grade teacher 42 years ago. My most vivid (and practically only) memory of grade school was the time he shared his photo album...Read More »
15 of 35 | Posted by: James Rose - San Francisco, CA

“It's been awhile since I've seen him (I'm 48), but I definitely remember the joy and the passion that he brought to teaching and coaching every...Read More »
16 of 35 | Posted by: Julian A. (Tony) Cephus - IN

“Blaine, your dad was a great guy, and a good coach. It was great being your neighbor and friend growing up. The times we spent together are among the...Read More »
17 of 35 | Posted by: Scott Herczeg - Mishawaka, IN

“Dear Lavelle, Sheila and I would like to express our condolences on the passing of Jack. He was a long time neighbor, friend and colleague. Jack...Read More »
18 of 35 | Posted by: Steve Herczeg - South Bend, IN

“to Jack's Family: I kept the scoreboard for Jack's games when he was the girls basketball coach at Washington High School. We were good friends. I...Read More »
19 of 35 | Posted by: Peggy A. Winston - South Bend, IN

“What can I say about Coach Disler....what a man! A true gentlemen and a true role model. He was my 7th and 8th grade football coach and teacher. ...Read More »
20 of 35 | Posted by: Ken Gross - Southlake, TX

“Dear LaVelle & family, I was sorry to read of Jack's passing. We worked together at Washington H.S. and saw each other at our LaSalle staff...Read More »
21 of 35 | Posted by: Dianne Greaves - South Bend, IN

“Mr Disler ws a dedicated, warm, sincere, man who loved his interaction with his players and students. He made learning fun and he cared about all his...Read More »
22 of 35 | Posted by: Mike Sacchini - South Bend, IN

“Rest in Peace, jack. We had some great times together when you were coaching LaSalle Boys' 9th & B-team and I was sponsoring cheerleaders - and...Read More »
23 of 35 | Posted by: Patricia Lorenc - South Bend, IN

“Mr.Disler made learning fun and his teaching of Kennedy's death has stayed with me to this day and I will never forget his passion for coaching. RIP...Read More »
24 of 35 | Posted by: Tracy Bourdon - student

“Thank you, Mr. Disler, for your years of service to thousands of young people. I really enjoyed my Government class with you back at LaSalle. To...Read More »
25 of 35 | Posted by: Mike Eby - South Bend, IN

“I remember Mr Disler as a great teacher that also loved studying the Kennedy assassination. I also knew Jack the guy that liked little sports cars...Read More »
26 of 35 | Posted by: Dave Barkley - South Bend, IN

“Thank you Coach Jack Disler for coming into the urban area at Central Middle School Downtown South Bend. Thank you for teaching us and coaching us....Read More »
27 of 35 | Posted by: Craig Clark - South Bend, IN

“Sorry for your loss. May he rest in piece. ”
28 of 35 | Posted by: Patricia Rozmarynowski - IN

“MR. DISLER was a great and fun loving man i remember him and MR. MIKE SACCHINI in my social studies class . MR. DISLER was always proud of his team...Read More »
29 of 35 | Posted by: DAVID J. FOUTS - FORT WAYNE, IN

“I will always miss u. I had some good memories of u. When you taught basketball, and when u had Leigha in your scooters basket when she was about 7...Read More »
30 of 35 | Posted by: Teresa McDaniel - Phoenix , AZ

31 of 35 | Posted by: BLAINE DISLER - PADUCAH, KY

“my dear grandpa you will be missed so very much...but you will ALWAYS be in our hearts and in our thoughts,the memories we have of you will forever...Read More »
32 of 35 | Posted by: jill fager - Kewaunee, WI

“Grandpa you are truely loved and missed. Now you get to see your son and daughter again. I now you're in heaven smiling and sending your prayers down...Read More »
33 of 35 | Posted by: Chris Disler - port st lucie, FL

“we will miss u so much .... we all know u are up having fun with scott now tho and is not in pain anymore...we love u so much and will never forget...Read More »
34 of 35 | Posted by: april disler - port st lucie, FL

“I love you dad and already miss you! But, I know you are in heaven with my brother and sister and my grandparents! Thank you for being my dad....Read More »
35 of 35 | Posted by: Kay Ellen - Green Bay, WI

Jack Ray Disler passed away Monday February 11, 2013 at Emeritus in Fort Wayne. He was born in Fort Wayne December 14, 1932. He graduated from South Side High School in 1951. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the Navy on the USS Kimberly from 1951-1953. He graduated from Indiana University and also earned his Master's Degree from Purdue. He became a teacher and basketball coach at several high schools in South Bend for 37 years most recently he spent the last 8 years at Washington High School coaching the girls basketball team. Jack also coached track and field but his love was coaching basketball. He went to every high school finals game in Indianapolis for 50 years. Jack enjoyed playing tennis and traveling with his wife. He was an avid Notre Dame fan, serving as an usher for the football team for 29 years and attending their basketball games for both men and women. Surviving are his wife LaVelle Essex Disler, daughter Kay Ellen McDaniel of Green Bay WI, son, Blaine Branch Disler of Paducah, KY, step daughters, Pamela (Charles) Gates of Crown Point, Diana Essex of Antioch, CA, Glenna Essex of Fort Wayne, step son, Donald Essex of Fort Wayne, brothers, Harold (Joyce) Disler of Seffner FL, sisters, Mary Lou (Charlie) Schoeph of Fort Wayne, Marcia (Stuart) Schwalin of Hurricane WV, Bonnie Schrock of Fishers, 5 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Mary Disler, infant daughter, Jill and son Scott Disler. A Memorial Service will be 3pm Friday, February 15, 2013 at D.O. McComb and Son's Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave, with calling from 1pm until the service. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or Alzheimer's Association. The family would like to express our thanks to Emeritus and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful loving care they gave to Jack. To sign the online guestbook go to