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William Rosenstihl

William "Bill" Linville Rosenstihl

longtime Indianapolis resident, teacher and coach, passed away peacefully at IU Methodist Hospital July 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM with "bombs bursting in air" from the downtown Indy 4th of July celebration. It was quite the send-off for a US Marine officer! He was born August 26, 1932 to the late Alfred O. and Mildred I. (Linville) Rosenstihl in Indianapolis at Methodist Hospital. Bill was a graduate of Zionsville High School and Western New Mexico University. He served his country honorably in the U. S. Marine Corps. Bill was a teacher and coach, both at Scecina and Manual High Schools, and also coached at Arsenal Tech and John Marshall. Bill married his wife of 57 years, Virginia "Ginger" Maye Dunkerson on May 27, 1956.

Upon graduating from Zionsville H.S. he enrolled into Western New Mexico University where he participated in baseball and basketball. During his basketball career he played on the only undefeated Frontier Conference team in the school's history. He placed 28th in the nation in field goal percentage at 48.5%. Bill, class of 1956, was a two-time selection all-conference basketball player and made the all-conference baseball team three times as a pitcher. He was elected by his peers as the most valuable player twice in basketball and three times in baseball. He obtained a B.S. in Education. He was inducted into WNMU's athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Three days after graduating from WNMU, Bill received a phone call from the coach of a semi-pro team (Middletown, IN) who invited him to come to Wichita, KS to pitch in the National Baseball Congress Tournament, where he had an undefeated record with a team that finished 7th in the nation. As a semi-pro player, Bill was named to the National Baseball Congress All-American team and was voted as one of the Top Five Best Pitching Prospects in the country by the National Baseball Congress All American Board.

Bill then returned home to wed the love of his life, Ginger Dunkerson, of Lordsburg, NM on May 27, 1956. Ten days later he reported to the U.S. Marine Officer Candidates School (OCS) for a two year stint and played basketball for the Division team at Quantico, VA. Upon graduation from OCS, Bill was shipped to the Marine base in Okinawa, Japan and played and coached on the basketball team. He was also appointed the assistant baseball coach of the 9th Marine Regiment. While serving he was selected to the 3rd Marine All-Star team, as well as, the Far Eastern Armed Services All-Star team and received the MVP award. He was highly pursued by many professional baseball teams while serving and playing basketball in the Marines. If not for injuring his pitching arm (hard-throwing southpaw) during a basketball game he would have gone into the big leagues. He had his choice of the Dodgers, Red Sox, Baltimore or Cleveland after his service stint!

After discharge he obtained his master's degree in Education and accepted a teaching/coaching position at Scecina Memorial High School. He taught and coached at Scecina for 6 years before joining the staff at Manual High School where he taught and coached for 31 years before retiring from IPS. During his years at Manual he was selected as IPS Coach of the Year twice in baseball. He was appointed the coach of the city south all-stars teams four times. He served as President of the Indianapolis Baseball Coaches Association for four terms and VP for one. He also coached swimming at John Marshall H.S. and Arsenal Tech H.S. and was voted IPS Coach of the Year twice and won 3 city championships.

Bill enjoyed caring for his ailing wife and spending time with his family. He was a big fan of the Cubs, Reds, Colts, Pacers, IN college and high school sports, and watching his favorite teams on TV.

Bill is survived by his wife, Ginger; children Michelle "Shelly" R. Jackson (Bill) and William M. Rosenstihl (Susie); grandchildren Zachary, Samantha, Brett, Jack, and Sophie; great granddaughter Aaliyah Rose; and his sister Lynda Wayman. Bill was preceded in death by his siblings Dawn and Jim Rosenstihl.

Services will be Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Flanner and Buchanan Zionsville , with calling there from 2 until time of service. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to the . Friends may leave condolences by visiting http://www.flannerbuchanan.com

Funeral Home

Flanner and Buchanan - Zionsville
105 W Pine Street Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-3366

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 7, 2013
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