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“KATHY, YOU HAVE MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY .I WENT THROUGH THIS IN 2006. SOUT SIDE WORKER. ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: JEAN LAMBERT- BASS - FT WAYNE, IN

“Coach Kerbel, what great man who commanded respect but gave it if earned. He was my favorite coach of all time. Prayers to the family. ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: Shane Armstrong - Fort Wayne, IN

“Coach Kerbel left a legacy that is worthy of a man with impeachable integrity. Bill's passion was contagious and his level of commitment set the bar...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Matt Stinson - Friend

“I can still hear Coach at the top of his lungs, "Martin, is that all you got? My Grandmother runs faster than that!" Never got to meet her...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Brandon Martin - New Haven, IN

“Bill was a loyal friend, great teacher and coach. I enjoyed watching Bill coach because he put his heart and soul into the sport. I liked his type...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Mike Hey - Auburn, IN - Coworker

“So sorry for your loss, Bill was one of my favorite Coach/ADs to work with in my almost 30 years here in Fort Wayne. He would always have time to...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Joe Baer - Leo, IN - friend

“Rest in peace Coach. Kathy and family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and we are very sorry for "our" loss. I was lucky to be...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Brent Oribello - New Haven, IN

“So sorry for your loss Kathy. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. ”
8 of 29 | Posted by: Steve Ankenbruck - Coworker

“Our sincere sympathy, and understanding. Please let us know if you need anything at all. ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Duane and Kim Riggenbach - IN

“My condolences to the family.He was a great teacher and football coach. Leo High School Class of 1981 ”
10 of 29 | Posted by: Tammy Roberts - Leo, IN - Student

“Coach Kerbel's life lessons first came in the classroom and football field showing a young man the real meaning of teacher and coach. He was a stern...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: David Myers - Fort Wayne, IN

“My condolences to all of Bill Kerbels family. May he Rest in Peace.Gary Shreve, Hereford AZ, formally from Sheridan Wyo. ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Gary Shreve - Hereford AZ, AZ

“I was very sad to hear about Mr. Kerbel's passing. He left a substantial impression on me to this day. I was honored to call him coach. My...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Bob Gaffer - Indianapolis, IN

“My condolences to the Kerbel Family. I'm sorry to hear of the passing of Coach Kerbel. Brian, your "Pops" was one of a kind! Coach Kerbel was such...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Dietrich Lapsley - Indianapolis, IN

“I was fortunate to have wrestled and learned from Bill at New Haven. I have many profound memories. He only raised his voice specifically to me on...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Reid Wise - Indianapolis, IN

“Loved growing up with the Kerbel family in Shordan Estates. Sorry for your loss Lori and Brian. Rob Burns ”
16 of 29 | Posted by: Rob Burns - Kernersville, NC

“So sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Kerbel was an outstanding Coach, Teacher, and Mentor? I had the privilege of playing football and wrestling at...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Joe Stolte - Spencerville, IN

“I learned a lot in Mr.Kerbel's World History class. I always respected his coaching style. He was a great teacher and coach. My condolences to your...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Patti Chapman- Abernathy - IN

“Sorry to hear of Bill's passing.Bill and I crossed paths at least once each year as wrestling coaches. He was always friendly and very professional....Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Gary Norman - Wabash, IN - Friend

“Kathy, we will continue to keep you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to you all at this time. Dan, Tracey & Megan ”
20 of 29 | Posted by: Tracey Thibodeau - Appleton, WI

“Mr. Kerbel was my favorite teacher of all time. I truly admired him and had such respect for him! My thoughts are with his family! ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Laura Tatman Ehlers - New Haven, IN

“Bill was a great guy and a good friend. I'll miss visiting with him at the wrestling tournaments. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Phil Arnold - IN - Friend

“Our sympathies to the Kerbel family. Mr. Kerbel taught us both while at Leo and also coached Gary in football. He expected his students to do...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Gary and Kim Cooper - IN

“My thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Kerbel. He was a big presence in...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Lori Osborn - Sparta, NC

“I am sad to learn about Bill leaving us. I was fortunate to have wrestled for Bill on a Sectional Championship Wrestling Team while at New Haven High...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Gary Fox - Indianapolis, IN

“Bill was a loyal Bulldog. He served many years as coach and A D. and could be found at almost every home basketball game or any of the other games ...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Gerald Werth - Ft Wayne, IN

“Bill was a great coach. Our son John wrestled for him and admired him and a great coach. Bill always asked about John when he seen me. ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Jim and Jan Dager - New Haven, IN

“There are really no words to express the impact he made in my life. Great man! ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Troy Karrick - Angola, IN

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Kerbel during this difficult time. We hope the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: A friend


William "Bill" Kerbel, 73, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne. Born in Sheridan, WY, July 2, 1944 to the late William and Ruth Kerbel Sr. Bill was raised on a 300 acre dairy farm in Wyoming, graduated from and played football for Concordia College in Seward, NE, and moved to Fort Wayne where he began his teaching and coaching career at Trinity Lutheran School. Bill continued his career for 37 years in the East Allen County Schools teaching, coaching wrestling and football, and retired as athletic director at New Haven High School. Bill left his mark on teaching and athletics in EACS; he started the wrestling program at Leo High School, was named the 2000 EACS Teacher of the Year, and will be inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Assoc. Hall of Fame in February 2018. Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Kathy Kerbel of New Haven, IN; son, Brian Kerbel of Key West, FL; daughter Lori (Jim) Smasal of Appleton, WI; grandchildren Grant, Tate, Jake, Alec, Michaela; siblings Jim (Sue) Kerbel of Jenison, MI; and Phyllis (Jody) Fournier of Ft. Myers, FL. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service is 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 1, 2017 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 7710 E. State Blvd. Memorial calling Thursday, August 31, 2017, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Peter's. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney, NE at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Peter's Lutheran Church or the Community Foundation New Haven High School Scholarship Fund to assist with the establishment of the Bill Kerbel Scholarship.