Bill Wham, 77, passed away May 7, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Evanston, Illinois to Robert and Anna Wham, he grew up in Evanston, graduated from Evanston High School and attended Indiana University on an athletic scholarship earning a masters degree in economics and marketing. Bill had a long and successful career in business coupled with nearly 30 years as the tennis coach at Lyons Township High School, LaGrange, Illinois. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sharon (nee Benson), daughters Katherine Wham and Jeannine Quinn, grandchildren Meghan and William Quinn, twin brother Robert (Pam), brother-in-law Troy Benson, and nieces and nephews. His parents and brother Philip preceded him in death. Bill loved life, his family, his friends, and all dogs. He was passionate about tennis and coaching, teaching young players skills and strategy for the tennis court and for life. Those who wish to honor Bill's life may make a donation to the Bill Wham Memorial Fund c/o Serve & Return Chicago (formerly Chicago Tennis Patrons), 2444 North Elston, Chicago, Illinois 60647 (chicagotennispatrons.org
). The Bill Wham Memorial Scholarship seeks to honor his legacy and continue his extraordinary commitment to aspiring collegiate tennis players through an annual scholarship program. For details on Bill's Celebration of Life go to the website of Hallowell & James Funeral Home at HJFunerals.com
or call 708-352-6500.
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Published by Chicago Tribune from May 30 to Jun. 10, 2021.