Jim Regenfuss was born on May 11, 1918, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Gospel Lutheran School and later North Division High School, where he graduated in 1937. His lifelong love of athletics spurred him on to be the all-around gymnastics champion of Milwaukee in his senior year.
On a scholarship, he attended the Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union of Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana, participating in gymnastics, boxing, wrestling and track. He later transferred to Indiana University and earned his bachelor of science degree from the school of education in 1942. His major field was physical education with physiology and english as minors.
During World War II, he served in the United States Navy as a chief specialist A and trained recruits at the San Diego Naval Training Station before transferring to the Naval Training Center in Farragut, Idaho.
In 1946, with the help of the G.I. bill, he enrolled in the University of Southern California, where he earned his master of science in education in 1947.
Jim was gifted by God to be a teacher and a coach. He loved children and youth and was patient to teach them new skills and delighted to see the progress they would make.
He built meaningful relationships as well with the lives that he touched. His teaching and coaching career took him to Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Visalia, CA, and then to Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, CA, where he worked for 27 years.
Several of the boys he coached went all the way to the state championship. In 1998, Jim was honored by being inducted into the High School Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. He also loved to coach golf, which he continued to play well into his retirement years.
In 1999, he moved to the Tri-Cities to be near his son and loved watching the golfers on the Canyon Lakes Golf Course even though he could no longer golf himself because of a stroke.
He passed away on April 18, 2007, in Kennewick, WA at the age of 88.