Paul N. Bebow

November 16, 1935 ~ February 27, 2018 (age 82)

An excellent coach is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget
~author unknown. Coach Paul Neil Bebow walked toward his final goal with his family
cheering him on from his bedside on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018. Coach Bebow was
born on November 16th, 1935 to Paul Nicholas and Marcella (Kleinschmidt) Bebow in
Racine, Wisconsin. After graduation from Racine St. Catherine’s High School in 1954,
Coach attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. In January 1957, Coach
joined the Army Special Services and was stationed in France. In December 1958,
Coach went back to North Dakota and finished his college career by earning a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Education, graduating in 1963. Coach Bebow married Judith
(Newman) on April 25th, 1960 and after teaching for a year in Hilbert, Wisconsin, the
Bebow family made their best move by coming to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 1964.
Coach Bebow was able to inspire many students on the field, in the gym, and in
the classroom for over 27 years. His passion and commitment for working with students
was an inspiration to many in the Prairie du Chien community. He was recognized by
many, but one of his most special moments was being inducted into the Wisconsin High
School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in March, 1994 by Barry Alvarez.
Coach Bebow was also recognized by the Prairie du Chien community by being
inducted into the Prairie du Chien High School Hall of Fame in 2002. Coach was a fan
of all sports and followed many teams, but he will always be a Blackhawk.
Coach Bebow is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy; his daughter Brenda
(Jeff) Lenzendorf of Eastman, Wisconsin; his son, Jeff from Victoria, Minnesota; and his
son, Jay (Mary) from Bettendorf, Iowa. He leaves behind his most favorite conversation
pieces, his grandchildren Kari Kronberg, Nick (Samantha), and Katie Lenzendorf,
Madison and Sydney Bebow, Claire and Sam Bebow, as well as his great-grandchildren
Kaylie, Maddie and Marlee Kronberg, and their dad, Anders Kronberg. He is also
survived by his brother, Richard (Junne) of Racine, Wisconsin and was preceded in
death by his brother, Francis of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. A private family memorial will
be held at the Garrity Funeral Home on Saturday, March 3rd, with a Celebration of Life
and sharing of memories with friends and family at Huckleberry’s Restaurant in Prairie
du Chien from 2-5 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in Coach Bebow’s name.

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