J. Cary Bachman passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 29, attended by his family. He was 93 years old. Cary was born July 20, 1929 in Gainesville, Florida, the second child of Charlie and Grace Bachman. The family soon moved to East Lansing, Michigan where Charlie was head football coach at Michigan State University. Cary attended UW-Madison and played all four years on the UW football team. Upon graduation in 1952, Cary married his college sweetheart Helene “Petie” Schlueter. In 1956 Cary became a physical education teacher at Nicolet High School in Glendale. He became head tennis coach and over the next 40 years his boys and girls tennis teams won 33 WIAA State Championships and finished second an additional eight times. Cary was inducted into the first class of the Nicolet HS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Cary’s tennis career included other endeavors. He and Jim Laing ran the Bachman-Laing Tennis Camps for many years. He was head tennis pro at North River Racquet Club. He served two years as vice-president of the US Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and another two years as president. In 1995 Cary was inducted into the USPTA-Midwest Division Hall of Fame as a Master Tennis Pro. Cary and Petie raised their children in Whitefish Bay. He enjoyed family boating trips on Lake Michigan in summer, snowmobiling in winter, and brats on the grill anytime. In 2016 Cary and Petie moved to Eastcastle Place in Milwaukee where they continued an active social life. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Petie pre-deceased Cary by six weeks. They are survived by their four children: Kristen Bachman (Dennis), Karin Bachman, Amy (John) Hurckman and Charlie (Angie) Bachman, along with six grandchildren: Ben, Emily, Amy, Jessica, Holly and Henry. He will be greatly missed. A public celebration of Cary’s life is scheduled at Feerick Funeral Home in Shorewood on Friday evening, November 11, from 5 to 8 pm. A private funeral service will be held Saturday. The family is grateful to the staff at Eastcastle Place Health Center for their attentiveness and care during his final weeks.
Posted online on November 01, 2022
Published in Journal Sentinel