A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Stephen Church in Stevens Point.
Visitation will be at the Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, with the rosary to follow, and at the church from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.
Memorials may be designated to The George Roman Scholarship, c/o Community Foundation, 1501 Clark St., Stevens Point, WI 54481 or on-line at www.cfcwi.org; or to FSPAA (Friends of Stevens Point Area Athletics) at FSPAA, PO Box 988, Stevens Point, WI 54481-0988 or visit www.FSPAA.com for more information.
Shuda Funeral Services, 3200 Stanley St., Stevens Point are assisting the family. Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Roman was born May 3, 1934, in Wausau, a son of the late Francis L. and Catherine M. (Turrish) Roman, the oldest of four children. He lived in Marathon City until 1948 when the family moved to Stevens Point.
He attended P.J. Jacobs High School where he was a three-sport letterwinner in football, baseball and basketball. In football he was first team All-Conference and he was the team most valuable player (MVP) for the 1951 state championship Panthers. In addition, he was co-MVP of the 1952 state runner-up basketball team.
He graduated in 1958 from Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point, now the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) where he was a four-year starter in football. Serving as team captain in 1957, he was also first team all-conference as guard and linebacker in 1955, 1956 and 1957. The 1955 Conference Champion squad is still the only undefeated, untied team in school history.
He and his brothers, Fran T. and the late David L., all played on the UWSP football team together. George was also an outfielder and pitcher on the baseball team.
Mr. Roman became a teacher following in the long tradition of teachers which ran on both sides of his family. His father was principal of Marathon High School for 15 years and his mother, brother Fran, and sister Marilyn were also teachers as were his grandmother and aunts. All graduated from UWSP when it was known as the Normal School/Central Wisconsin Teachers College specializing in preparing teachers.
He began his teaching and coaching career in Loyal, went on to Bloomington and Seymour before moving to Wausau as teacher and head football coach at Newman High School. He left that position and went to Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids from 1969 to 1978 as a history teacher, assistant football coach and head baseball coach.
He joined Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) in 1978 as a history teacher, specializing in Cold War studies. He was head baseball and head sophomore football coach. His sophomore football teams posted an overall record of 121-35, which included two undefeated conference championship seasons.
Mr. Roman retired from teaching in 1996 with a total teaching career of 46 years. He continued to coach baseball through the 2004 season.
During his time at SPASH as head baseball coach, he amassed a 420-110 record with several conference and tournament championships; including state baseball titles in 1979, 1987 and 1989, as well as state runner-up in 1984. Overall in his career, his teams won 60 championships: 17 conference, 29 regional, 11 sectional and the above mentioned SPASH state baseball championships.
His teams made eleven trips to the Wisconsin State Baseball Tournament. He served as a West All- Star Summer Classic baseball coach in 1988 and again in 2003. He was a five-time nominee for Wisconsin Coach of the Year, named District 2 Coach of the year in 1987, 1988 and 1989 and was named Wisconsin State High School Coach of the Year in 1989. He was also involved with Legion and Stevens Point Youth Baseball (SPYBA) teams.
He was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and is considered the “dean” of Wisconsin baseball coaches with 526 wins and 180 losses; which until the spring of 2013, was the highest number of career wins for spring baseball in the state of Wisconsin.
Mr. Roman received the UWSP Coaching Excellence Award and is a member of the SPASH Athletic Hall of Fame, the Central Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, and UWSP Athletic Hall of Fame.
During his induction into the SPASH Athletic Hall of Fame, Mr. Roman said, “I am probably the luckiest guy in the world, I’ve had the privilege of doing what I love in the city that I love.”
He and his brother Dave began a men’s Prayer Warriors group at St. Stephen Church which is still active today. He was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Michaels’ Hospital and took communion to others in the community.
He was married to Virginia Nelson from Antigo July 3, 1965, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Wausau.
Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Laura (Allen) McKibben, Deborah (Jay) Schrank, Christine (Tim) Axley and Kimberly (Derek) Roman-Kirklewski, all of Stevens Point; two sons, Thomas and Gregory, both of Stevens Point; one brother, Fran T. (Bobbie), Stevens Point; one sister, Marilyn (Tom) Helgestad of Wisconsin Rapids; one sister in-law, Doris Roman, Stevens Point; eight grandchildren, Tyler, Mitchell, Dylan, Emerson, Thomas, Ashley, Allison and Bailey; and two stepgrandchildren, Parker and Sage.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Dave.