Walter (Wally) Schall
Wally was born February 12, 1943 in Salt Lake City Utah to Walther and Irma Schall. He passed away Friday May 27,2022 from Lewy Bodies Disease.
Wally attended grade school in Portland Oregon, then moved to Santa Barbara California with his mother and sister in 1955 after his dad passed away. He attended La Cumbre Junior High, and was part of the first graduating class from San Marcos High School in 1961. He was on the Royals Basketball team and scored the first two points in school history. During his high school years Wally worked at Fiesta Bowl, during that time he became the youngest professional bowler to go on tour. In May of 1962 he bowled two 300 games just one week apart. Wally was one half of the 1962 California State Doubles campions.
In 1963 Wally moved back to Washington then enlisted in the United States Army in 1964. A year later he married Lana Pound a beautiful girl he met in Seattle. They were then stationed in Schofield Barracks in Hawaii and they lived off base on the North Shore of Hawaii. They became proud parents in 1965 of a daughter Kimberly Marie. In 1967-1968 he was transferred to Fort Huachuca, AZ. Later they moved back to Seattle where Wally worked in the shipyards from 1970-1983. Later he ventured into real estate. In 1983 they moved to Hood Canal where they built a house. Semi-retired he had the best years of his life on the water front. In 1988 he and Lana separated, Wally then moved back to Santa Barbara and worked at San Marcos Lanes. In 1992 Wally married Jeanette Arnoldi. Wally went back out on the Bowling Tour during this time while also becoming a driver’s training instructor. He then started California Defensive Driving School with a business partner. Wally also announced sports at his old high school and helped coach the boys’ basketball team.
During Wally’s time in the service, he bowled in the All Army Team. He won many awards for bowling; he was Athlete of the Year Santa Barbara Round Table. He was the 1999 Masters Champion and inducted into the Santa Barbara Bowling Hall of Fame. Wally averaged over 200 since his second year of bowling. For many years he gave the bowling report on a local radio station KIST. Wally was also a youth bowling instructor. He was also a past member of the Santa Barbara Men’s Bowling Association. Wally bowled many 300 games in his career. Including six which were sanctioned league play between 1962 to 2009. Including one on the PBA Tour in 1993. He also had an 801 series in 2000. Wally bowled against many great bowlers, but the biggest one was bowling a head-to-head match 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 over three years. During that time of home dialysis in 2004 his granddaughter Annie Lynn came into his life and gave him strength and happiness. On February 24, 2006 Wally received a “Gift of Life” from his daughter who donated one of her kidney’s. A perfect match! He considers her the strongest person he knew. After the transplant Wally went back to bowling in league, Professional Bowling Tour and West Coast Bowling Tour. Wally also helped out at Annie’s Karate school from 2009 to 2019. He was also an assistant coach for the SMHS girls’ basketball team from 2019- 2020.
Wally is survived by his daughter Kimberly and son in law Kevahn Steinke. Granddaughter Savahna (Rob) Lampe, great granddaughter Paetynn and grandson Kohlton all of Washington state. Sister Norma and brother-in-law Phil Mast. Nieces Heather, Patti and nephew Steve and their families all of California, cousins in Oregon and Washington.
Wally is also survived by his wife of twenty-nine years, Jeanette, 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.
We 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 donations to any organization to support abused children or the charity of your choice.
No services per his request.