In Memory

William 'Bill' Wilgus - Class Of 1971

William 'Bill' Wilgus

William Steven 'Bill' Wilgus of Eugene, Oregon, passed away March 13, 2017, at St Charles Medical Center in Bend, Oregon. He was 64.

Bill was born December 29, 1952 in Ashland, Ohio, to William and Maxine Boyd Wilgus. He attended South Pasadena High School from 1968 - 1971 where he lettered in baseball, football, and basketball. His football team won the CIF 'AAA' State Championship in 1969. He received a scholarship from the University of Oregon to play baseball from 1971 - 1974. He received a bachelor's degree in Education and then earned his master's degree. He spent his entire career as a health teacher and coached golf, baseball, and football at Willamette High School until retiring in 2008. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and coaching.

Bill is survived by his wife, Sharon Wilgus; his mother, Maxine Wilgus of Sunriver, Oregon; and two sons, William A Wilgus of Eugene, and Skyler R Wilgus of Bend. He was preceded in death by his father, William E Wilgus.

Eugene Register-Guard, March 19, 2017

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01/15/18 06:37 AM #1    

Scott Farrow (1970)

Bill.....I still have good memories of you as a team-mate and opponent.  We shared B football and then the CIF year; and you got a hit off me in childhood baseball that cost me a 1-0 game, not that I held a grudge for 50 years or so.  You were the only one who later spotted a box score in an Oregon paper and sent me a letter about a minor football exploit of mine while in college.  Looks like and I hope you lived the kind of positive life you were started on when I knew you.  Rest in peace.

04/29/18 03:50 AM #2    

Roberto Dina (1971)

Dear Bill,

we have spent a year living together with your beautiful parents when I was an AFS exchange student. A year is a lot at 16 and is at the same time little in the flow of life but I will treasure for ever the lessons and moments that as a rather naive and probably spoiled italian teenager I learned by sharing your home and common school friends. This will never go away. And I will be always grateful for it. Rest in peace.




06/19/18 06:28 PM #3    

Charles Timothy 'Tim' James (1977)

Seeing this name takes me back 50 years. My oldest brother Tom was a 13-year-old on the "Crossbow" team in the Middle League. And there were two pitchers in that league that must have been terrifying to face. One was Paul Cole, Tom's teammate, and the other was Bill Wilgus, who I believe was on the "Goodyear" team. I think between them they had 5-6 no-hitters and when it came to the Pitcher of the Year award, it went to Bill (which I could not believe, since I watched Cole pitch more and remember my brother having to get ice after he caught warm-ups for Bill one inning). In any event, it is sad to read of his passing but nice to know that he continued working in sports and undoubtedly influenced a number of his students/players.

10/21/19 09:39 AM #4    

Ken Stowe (1967)

Bill, like his Dad, were die hard Ohio State\Woody hayes football fanatics.  We (my mom and dad)used to kid him about it  Both senior and junior were nice people.  I miss both of them.



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