Thomas J. Coach Detelich

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Thomas J. "Coach" Detelich

August 30, 1933 - November 03, 2018

Thomas J. Coach Detelich Thomas J. "Coach" Detelich, 85, of Conneaut Lake died Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Rolling Fields.
He was born August 30, 1933 in Greenville, PA a son of Mato and Marie Milanovich Detelich. He was a 1951 graduate of the former Penn High School in Greenville and later attended Thiel College, where he was a standout quarterback, setting many records, and Youngstown State University, where he graduated with a degree in history and physical education in 1963. Thomas was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the US Army from 1953-1955.
He student taught at Penn High School and coached at St. Michaels in Greenville. He started his teaching and coaching career in Wooster, Ohio, then moved to Vienna, Ohio. He spent most of his career teaching and coaching for Conneaut Valley and Conneaut Lake high schools until retiring in 1993. Thomas was a coach in numerous sports including basketball, football, cross-country, volleyball, wrestling, and baseball.
He was a member of the St. Michael's Church in Greenville and later attended Our Lady Queen of Americas Church in Conneaut Lake. In 2001, he was inducted into the Mercer County Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the VFW Post 3374 in Greenville, a past commander of the Conneautville American Legion Post 615, and a member of Conneaut Lake VFD Station 3 and Conneaut Lake Park VFD Station 5. Thomas enjoyed music and following his son's band, Repeat Offenders. He also loved to golf, dance, walk his dog and tell jokes.
Survivors include: long-time companion and fiancée Barbara Morgan; two sons, Thomas J. Detelich, Jr. (Amy) of Conneaut Lake and David Detelich (Karen) of Linesville; three step-sons, James Morgan (Christina) of Greenville, Scott Morgan (Stacey) of Jamestown, and Sean Morgan of Jamestown; five grandchildren, Jacqueline, Lillian and Thomas Detelich, Ashley and Justin Zazado; three great-grandchildren, Adasyn, Carson, and Braelyn; six step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; a brother Matthew Detelich (Kay) of Greenville; a brother-in-law Ray Bartolo; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog Mike.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Ray; and three sisters, Mildred Petzak, Zora Lock, and Mary Bartolo.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, November 6th from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the WAID-COLEMAN FUNERAL HOME, 12422 CONNEAUT LAKE RD., CONNEAUT LAKE.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, November 7th at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Americas Church, 155 S. 9th St., Conneaut Lake with Fr. Jeffery Lucas, celebrant.
Interment will be at the Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or
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Tuesday November 06, 2018

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc.

12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake, PA, USA


Tuesday November 06, 2018

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, Inc.

12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake, PA, USA

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday November 07, 2018

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church

155 S. Ninth Street, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316


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Michelle Whipple-Johnston
Nov 15, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss Tommy and Dave ...I have many amazing memories hanging out at the house with Tom and you guys ... Your family will be our prayer’s ..
Mike n Dee Valesky
Nov 08, 2018
With deepest sympathy .Tom was a wonderful person and he left a lot of great memories for everyone.
Daniel Bortnick
Nov 06, 2018
Inspiring message by Tim Panko which inspired me to write this. I had Coach Detelich as a teacher and he spent the majority of his classes coaching all his kids for success in life. His famous expression for teaching us about success was "You have to pay the price!" I never forgot that nor will I ever forget him. He loved Bobby Knight and told us many stories about him. He was a one of a kind individual who loved life and the challenges it brings. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Darien Sanford
Nov 06, 2018
Sorry David for your loss. My heart hurts for you and your family. Please know we are thinking about you. And we love you !!!! 😭😭😭😭
Tim Detelich
Nov 06, 2018
With deepest sympathy for all Thomas's family and friends.
Timothy Panko
Nov 05, 2018
Mr. Detelich
Made a remarkable impact on my life and his words have and will be spoken thru me onto others each and every time I find the opportunity, so that I can leave his impact on others as he did too myself.
I will always remember his determination as his voice resonated in the classroom and out into the halls, when he would make his point loud and clear.. And if you were possibly not paying attention or I suppose if he thought you were in need of, then it would be directed directly to you personally and he also made sure you heard it by inserting you into the equation.
Mr. Panko he would say what does it take to become amazing or to do such a thing. Meaning whatever the topic w at that time or maybe one that person had no idea of...DRIVE ! he would say DRIVE !...DETERMINATION ! That's what ! Then he would ask who knew what that was..Then he would elaborate..Without DRIVE and DETERMINATION ! Nothing happens he would say.
His body actions, his voice and his way of making sure everyone heard him was all coming from his heart there is no doubt in my mind of that and it has stuck with me my entire life. I will always appreciate and love this man for who he is. The fact that he really cared and believed his impact would help us kids or young men and women. He was right in doing so because it helped me and in turn I have told many people in my life the same thing and shared with them who told it to me.
Mr. Detelich will always remain with me in my heart and soul and I look forward thanking him once again at the party I am sure there will be with our Heavenly father our creator when we finish this test here on earth in this human body. The drive and determination he so believed in to be all that, and the Blessings I have been given by Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior are now first and foremost how I live my life in order to help others know how real God is. Something I only recently recognized and or accepted just how very real that entire equation is and also how real Satan and false Gods are also. I have been enlightened to this which happened only recently in my life and it has changed my life. I am sure the message of drive and determination ! I heard and have carried with me is a major part of how I have become who I am today and who and what I have the opportunity to become.
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Sue (Bossard) Mulvey
Nov 05, 2018
Always loved your dad! Such a great guy! Rest easy Coach, may the light of God shine upon you and give you peace.
JP and Ginie Morgan
Nov 05, 2018
Our deepest condolances to you Barb and Tom's sons. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.