Gordon Schofield, of Antigo, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at Rosalia Gardens under the care of their staff and LeRoyer Hospice. He was 90 years old.
He was born on May 18, 1931, in Rice Lake, a son of Herbert and Esther (Jacobson) Schofield. He married Gloria Lund on June 9, 1951, in Cameron, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 2019.
He was a graduate of Cameron High School with the class of 1949 and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1953.
He moved to Antigo in 1953 and began a long career with the Antigo Unified School District, first teaching social studies and drivers education. In 1965 and 1966, he studied at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving a master’s degree in guidance counseling. Returning to Antigo High School, he served as a guidance counselor, retiring in 1990.
For 34 years, he coached football for Antigo High School, nine years as an assistant and 25 years as head coach. His coaching formed many young boys into men, created lifelong friendships and an impressive winning record: 15 conference championships and three state championships.
He was named Wisconsin High School Football Coach of the Year in 1972, 1976 and 1982 and inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993.
Gordy and Gloria worked tirelessly volunteering and assisting in the operation of Kettlebowl Ski Hill for more than 50 years.
He was a member of the Langlade County Ski Club, Wisconsin Education Association Council and Peace Lutheran Church in Antigo where he served on the board of education.
He enjoyed skiing, golfing, cutting wood and spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Schofield, Green Bay; three sons, Greg (Sue) Schofield, Merrill, James (Mary) Schofield, Antigo, and Bob (Julie) Schofield, Brooklyn, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren, Sara (Aaron) Hoffman, Amy (Eric) Abraham, Tom (April) Schofield, Eric (Jennifer) Schofield, Katie (Andre) Woodard, Aaron Schofield, Abbie Schofield and Rachel Schofield; 14 great-grandchildren, Drew, Max, Luke and Ben Hoffman, Jackson, Emily and Breanna Abraham, Nolan and Rosalie Schofield, Madalyn, Caleb, Cameron, and Elise and Maggie Schofield.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jane; twin grandchildren, John and Joseph Schofield; and two sisters, Shirley (Walt) Louis, Luanne (Ron) Folstad.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church with Rev. David Karolus officiating.
Visitation will be Monday Nov. 22, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home and Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Memorials have been established for the Antigo Gridiron Club, Langlade County Boys and Girls Club and Kettlebowl Ski Hill.
Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.