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“Thank you for your guides. You are truly missed and a heart of gold To you I say Thank you ”
1 of 58 | Posted by: Michael Warnsley - Fort Wayne, IN

“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 »
2 of 58 | 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 »
3 of 58 | Posted by: Eric Zolman - Charleston, SC

“We will miss you so much. You have been a wonderful friend for more than 50 years. ”
4 of 58 | Posted by: Norman and Jane Headrick - IN

“Deepest sympathy and prayers to the entire Disler Family. I really enjoyed having "coach Disler" at SB Central. He led us to the freshman city...Read More »
5 of 58 | Posted by: John Nowicki - Cassopolis, MI

“Our deepest sympathy is with your family at this time.My it bring comfort to know, that we are praying for you.Coach Disler touched many lives in the...Read More »
6 of 58 | Posted by: C. Stallworth - Indianapolis, IN

“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 »
7 of 58 | 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. ”
8 of 58 | Posted by: Adrienne Collier - South Bend, IN

“Hey Bro. I've been searching for the right words to put here. I remember all the great times we had together...visiting Dad together in the last...Read More »
9 of 58 | Posted by: Harold Disler - Seffner, FL

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. I am blessed to have had an opportunity to have known him. ”
10 of 58 | Posted by: Crysta Byers - Naples, FL

“my sympathy to the family of Jack Disler. I worked with him at LaSalle High School and he coached both of my boys ”
11 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to hear about Jack passing away. I played basketball for him at Tangier Grade School. He was a excellant coach. We were 19 wins, 0 Losses for...Read More »
12 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“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 »
13 of 58 | 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. ”
14 of 58 | 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 »
15 of 58 | Posted by: Charmonique Stallworth - IN

“Mr Disler, always remembered never for gotten...R.I.H. LaSalle High school South Bend, IN ”
16 of 58 | Posted by: Pamela (Riles) Hershberger - 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 »
17 of 58 | 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 »
18 of 58 | 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 »
20 of 58 | Posted by: Cindy Wilks - Kendallville,, IN

“I coached with Jack at Washington high school for many years. I will treasure the many things he taught me and the great times shared on game day...Read More »
21 of 58 | Posted by: Jim Dembinski - South Bend, IN

“Mr. Disler inspired a life long love affair with history, particularly around the "Greatest Generation." We had a really difficult environment,...Read More »
22 of 58 | 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 »
23 of 58 | 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 »
24 of 58 | Posted by: Nancy Clark - Niles, MI - friend

“Mr. Disler was my 8th grade basketball coach at Marshall School in South Bend, Indiana...I learned the love of the game and more about basketball...Read More »
25 of 58 | Posted by: Gus Koucouthakis - South Bend, IN

“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 »
26 of 58 | 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 »
27 of 58 | 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 »
28 of 58 | 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 and...Read More »
29 of 58 | 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 »
30 of 58 | Posted by: Peggy A. Winston - South Bend, IN

“On behalf of the entire lasalle high school boys basketball teams of the 1980s we would like to say thank you coach Jack disler.. I personally...Read More »
31 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“I had Mr. Disler as a coach and teacher also at John Marshall. He was special. I realized that as soon as I moved on to Jackson Middle school....Read More »
32 of 58 | Posted by: Jim Allen - Naperville, IL

“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 »
33 of 58 | 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 reunions...Read More »
34 of 58 | 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 »
35 of 58 | Posted by: Mike Sacchini - South Bend, IN

“TO the disler family my fatehr the late William Scott was very, very, good friends with Mr. Disler and they coachd basketball togethr at Oliver Jr...Read More »
36 of 58 | Posted by: Reginald Scott - Southfield, MI

“I had Mr. Disler at John Marshall School as well. I think I can speak for many in my class when I say we learned many lessons from him, that we...Read More »
37 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Jack and Lavelle attended our Stroke Support Group for many years. We will miss him- he was a great support to us. He always had a smile and great...Read More »
38 of 58 | Posted by: Susanna McKinley - 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 »
39 of 58 | Posted by: Patricia Lorenc - South Bend, IN

“Jack and I became friends in the 7th grade & good friends during freshman football. His dad, Ray & Uncle Kenny took us to several State championship...Read More »
40 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. RIP Mr. Disler ”
41 of 58 | Posted by: Shelli Bosse (Mathews) - MI

“Sorry for your loss. I worked for Jack's father and with Jack at the Meyer's Drug Store ice cream factory while I was going to IU extension in Ft...Read More »
42 of 58 | Posted by: Dr. John Biddle - Salcha, AK

“Mr. Disler was a great teacher. I had him at John Marshall and wow did he ever love to coach basketball! He taught my class how to be respectful and...Read More »
43 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“The Disler Family,As knowledgeable as any I knew, enjoyed coaching with and against him. A great teacher, a gentleman and I fondly called him a...Read More »
44 of 58 | Posted by: Greg Bitsko - Canonsburg, PA

“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 »
45 of 58 | 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 »
46 of 58 | 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 »
47 of 58 | 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 »
48 of 58 | Posted by: Craig Clark - South Bend, IN

“Sorry for your loss. May he rest in piece. ”
49 of 58 | 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 »
50 of 58 | 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 »
51 of 58 | Posted by: Teresa McDaniel - Phoenix, AZ

52 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

“Jack was my first teacher at Hoagland High school in 1957, We had our ups and downs, But mostly ups, He will be missed, John Beckman Hoagland ,In ”
53 of 58 | Posted by: A friend

54 of 58 | 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 »
55 of 58 | 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 »
56 of 58 | 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 »
57 of 58 | 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 »
58 of 58 | 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