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Carl Robert Sunby was born Feb. 15, 1925, to Helen (Granzo) Sunby and Carl Martin Sunby in Delavan Wis. He came to Milton, with his parents at an early age where he attended and graduated from Milton Union High School in 1943.

Carl enlisted in the Navy in August of 1943, where he became an Aviation Radioman from 1943 to 1946. He came back to Milton and married his beloved sweetheart Gwendolyn (Holliday) Sunby on June 15, 1948 and graduated from Milton College in the Spring of 1949. He also received his Masters Degree in Physical Education from the University of Madison Wisconsin.

Carl started his teaching and coaching career in 1949 in Johnson Creek, Wis. It was there that Carl took the Johnson Creek baseball team to State Tournament. He then moved to Edgerton, Wis., where he taught Physical Education and was the coach of all sports, football, baseball and basketball. While coaching there, he took the Edgerton baseball team to State Tournament as well. Carl's years of coaching spawned many of his greatest achievements in his coaching career. Aside from his teaching and coaching career, he was also a Drivers Education Teacher for 35 years starting in Johnson Creek and ending in Green Bay.

The Sunby family moved to Green Bay in 1956, where Carl taught and coached basketball at East High School. Carl also officiated high school, college basketball and football games. He then taught at the first Green Bay Southwest High School, which is Lombardi Middle School now. Carl was asked to set up the Athletic Program at the newly built Southwest High School in 1972, where he then finished out his career and retired in 1987. It was after his retirement that the Students at Southwest High School voted to name the gymnasium in his honor, for all the achievements he made as the Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher.

After retiring, Carl and his wife, Gwendolyn spent the winter months down at their second home in Surprise, Ariz. for the next 21 years where Carl was an avid golfer. Carl started playing golf at an early age up until a few years ago. He enjoyed being with his family and spending time with his kids, grandkids and great- grandkids. He was also a true Green Bay Packer fan and had been a season ticket holder since 1957. Carl also officiated Green Bay Packer practices under head coach, Lindy Infante. He had also been a member of the Elks Club in Green Bay, for many years as well as a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Green Bay, Wis., where his wife, Gwendolyn is still currently a member.

Carl died peacefully at his home with his wife, Gwendolyn and his family by his side. He was 86 years of age. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gwendolyn (Holliday) Sunby; three children, Gail (Frank) Smith, Rand (Sue) Sunby, Dr. Carl R. Sunby: six grandchildren, Erica (Brad) Deines, Marc (Lainee) Sunby, Amy (Andy) Goike, Jon Sunby, Alexa Sunby,Lauren Sunby; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Deines, Darren Deines, Brett Deines, Veronica Sunby; a sister, Mary Lee (Wayne) Astin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as his aunt, Lucille (Wells) Sunby.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen (Granzo) Sunby and Carl Martin Sunby; an uncle, Louis Sunby; an aunt, Carolyn (Granzo) Stondall; and a niece, Marnie (Astin) Jeanquardt.

The Family would like to express many thanks to Dr. Al Musa and his medical team as well as Hospice Care of Green Bay and Hospice Care Inc. of Janesville Wis., for their generous and loving care of Carl.

Funeral Services will be held at WHITCOMB-LYNCH-ALBRECHT FUNERAL HOME, MILTON, Wis., on Friday Sept 23, 2011. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. with services immediately following.

Carl will be laid to rest at Nicolet Memorial Gardens in Green Bay, Wis., at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd where there will be a visitation from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. with services to follow on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice Care Inc. 3001 W. Memorial Dr. Janesville Wi. 53548.


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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sept. 21, 2011
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