Walter (Wally) Schall of Santa Barbara, 1943-2022 | Obituaries

Posted on June 7, 2022
, 1:46 pm

Walter (Wally) Schall

Walter (Wally) Schall was born on Feb. 12, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Walther and Irma Schall. He passed away Friday, May 27, 2022 from Lewy body dementia.

Wally attended grade school in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Santa Barbara with his mother and sister in 1955 after his dad passed away. Wally attended La Cumbre Junior High, and was in the first class to graduate from San Marcos High School Class of 1961. He was on the Royals Basketball Team, and scored the first two points.

Wally worked at Fiesta Bowl during his high school years. During that time he became the youngest professional bowler who went out on tour. On May 9 and 16 of 1962 he bowled 300 games a week apart. Wally won the 1962 California State Tournament.

He moved back to Seattle, Washington, where the family lived. Wally enlisted in the United States Army in 1964, and a year later he married Lana Pound, a beautiful girl he met in Seattle. They were stationed in Schofield Barracks in Hawaii; they lived off base on the North Shore.

They became proud parents in 1965 of a daughter Kimberly Marie. In 1967-68, Wally was transferred to Fort Huachuca, Arizona. They moved back to Seattle, where Wally worked in the shipyards in 1970-1983. He then went into real estate and moved to Hood Canal, where he built a house.

Semi-retired, Wally had the best years of his life on the waterfront. In 1988 he and Lana separated. Wally moved back to Santa Barbara where he worked at San Marcos Bowl.

In 1992 he married Jeanette Arnoldi. Wally went back out on the bowling tour. During this time he also became a driver’s training instructor and started California Defensive Driving School with a partner. He also announced sports at his old high school and helped coach the boys basketball team.

While in the service, Wally bowled on the All Army Team, He won many awards for bowling; he was Athlete of the Year Santa Barbara Round Table, 1999 Masters Champion also inducted into the Santa Barbara Hall of Fame. Wally averaged over 200 since his second year of bowling. For many years he gave the bowling report on KIST

Wally was youth bowling instructor coach and past member of Santa Barbara Men’s Bowling Association. He bowled many 300 games in open play, from May 1962 to 2008 six in Sanction League, which included one on the PBA Tour in 1993. He also had a 801 series in 2000.

Wally bowled against many great bowlers, but the biggest one was bowling head-to-head against Earl Anthony in May 1991. Wally won 203 to Earl’s 180.

In 2002 Wally was diagnosed with kidney disease, he did home dialysis for more than three years. On Feb. 24, 2006 Wally received a “gift of life” when his daughter donated one of her kidneys, which was perfect match. He considered her the strongest person he knew.

While Wally was on home dialysis in 2004, his granddaughter Annie Lynn came into his life; she gave him strength and happiness. After the transplant Wally went back to bowling in league, Professional Bowling Tour and West Coast Bowling Tour. He helped out at Annie’s karate school from 2009-19.

He also served as an assistant coach for the Girls Basketball Team 2019-20 at his old high school as Annie was on the team.

Wally is survived by Jeanette, his wife of 29 1/2 half years; her two sons Tim and Bob; granddaughter Annie Lynn; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Butch and Marla Arnoldi; nephew Giuseppe and niece Francesca, all of Santa Barbara; his daughter Kimberly; son-in-law Kevhan Steinke; granddaughter Savahna (Rob) Lampe; great granddaughter Paetynn; and grandson Kohlton, all of Washington; sister Norma and brother-in-law Phil Mast; nieces Heather and Patti; nephew Steve and their families, all of California; and cousins ​​in Oregon and Washington.

Want to thank all of the Staff at Buena Vista Care Facility for taking great care of Wally. Thank you to Hospice of Santa Barbara.

Wally loved children and tried to make them laugh and be happy. Please make donation to abused children or the charity of your choice.

No services per his request.


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