Decatur Bowling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Officers
Gabe Howell - President
Diane Doty – Vice President
Al Pote – Secretary
Trinity Bush – Treasurer

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33rd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet
October 11, 2008
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel

Master of Ceremonies: Al Pote
Invocation: Jim Hollis

2008 Hall of Fame Inductees


Michael A. "Mike" Patterson - Superior Performance

Escorted by son Dillon and Hall of Famer James Box

MIKE began bowling in youth leagues at The Bowl but also bowled at Pla Mor and Eldorado Bowl throughout his youth career. Mike won many awards as a youth bowler, including IYBT Masters Tournament High Game Award and IYBT Champion. Then, in 1987, he sanctioned for the first time the the adult leagues.

Mike's team won the City Tournament Div. I Team Scratch title in 1994. He was also the Singles Scratch champion in 1999 with a 792 series and the All-Events Champ in 1998 with a 1968 total.

Mike is also an Illinois State Tournament titlist, winning the Illinois Singles Title in 1991 and was 2nd in All-Events the same year in the South Sectional.

Among the other tournament titles he has to his credit are the 1989 CICBA Champion at Bloomington, 1993 Tri-City Champ in Pekin, the Christmas Day Tournament in Champaign in 2000 and 2001, Silver Dollar Classic Doubles champion in 2002, and the 2003 Central Illinois Championship team that scored 3707. He is a Rick Tyler American Family Ins Champion, New Year's Day Tournament Champion, and All Events Tournament Team Scratch Champion. He was 2nd in the Tri-City Classic voting for Bowler of the Year and had the most Step Ladder Finals appearances of all bowlers during the 1992-1993 season.

Mike joined the PBA in 1990 and finished 13th in Doubles in St Louis. His highest individual finish was in Chicago at 17th place.

Mike has a career high average of 234, high game of 300, and high 3 game series of 856. He has rolled 26 games of 300 and has surpassed the 800 series mark 16 times. He has been named to the All-City team 9 times. He also served as a DBA Director for 2 years.


Janet Vincent - Superior Performance

Escorted by her husband, Hall of Famer Gene Vincent

As one of the most accomplished women bowlers to hail from Illinois, Janet also comes from a hugely successful bowling family. Her induction into the Decatur Bowling Hall of Fame makes her the fourth Hall of Famer in her family, following her parents, Mel and June Lingafelter, and her husband Gene Vincent.

In the City Tournament, Janet has 3 Team Scratch Titles, 3 Doubles Scratch Titles, and 1 Singles Scratch Title. She paired with Tammy Jones to win the 600 Club Doubles Tournament in 2008.

She was on the Illinois State Tournament Scratch Champion Team in 2006 and won the Queens Division in the same year.

In 2005, Janet set the ABC All-Events record for women by rolling a 1983 total, which included a 726 in Singles event. She was on the Ladies Trio team that set and held the High Single Game mark of 855 for 5 years. Janet's contribution to that score was a 300 game. She has won the Around the Town event 6 times and only one other person has won more than that. Janet and Gene together have set the record for the most 300 games bowled by a husband and wife. Janet rolled the first 300 game ever bowled in the Tolly's Tournament in 2005.

Among her other titles are the Bowlers Journal Mixed in 2002 at Billings and Central Illinois Tournament Team Champion in 1999. She has won 4 Irene Kearny Tournament Team titles and 3 Doubles Titles. In 1990 Janet won the Illinois State Team USA title and finished 2nd in the TV finals. Won the Regional World Team Challenge in 1997 and finished 6th in 1998. In 2003, she won her first PWBA Regional Title while averaging 239.

Janet has a high average in Decatur of 226 and a career high of 233.

Her career high series is 826 and her 4 game career high series is 1114.

She has rolled at least 17 300 games and 6 800 series in her career.

She is a member of the Springfield Hall of Fame.


James "Ed" Hollis - Veteran

Escorted by his wife Sandy

EDDIE began bowling in Decatur in 1989 and during the years he bowled here he racked up a few titles.

He was on the 2004-2005 City Tournament Handicap winning team with a 3783 series.

He was the Silver Dollar Classic Doubles Champ in 2004-2005 with a score of 1517 and was the 2003 Central Illinois Tournament Team Scratch Champion with a score of 3541.

He is privileged to be a holder of not one, but two DBA records. He is on the team with the highest single game of 1375 and high team 3 game series of 3781.

In 2005 he was named to the All-City Team.

He has a career high average of 222 and has surpassed the 220 mark at least 3 different years.

He has bowled 5 games of 300, 3 games of 299, and 1 game of 298.

Ed has rolled at least 92 series of 700 or better, with a career high of 793.

As a pastor, Eddie has graciously blessed our Hall of Fame dinner/dance many times.


Gloria A. Williams - Veteran

Escorted by her husband, Hall of Famer Doug Williams

GLORIA has been a valuable part of Decatur bowling since 1955.

She served a secretary of the Coffeebreakers #2 league for over 30 years, retiring at the end of the 2007-2008 season. She also served as secretary of the Lads & Lassies Mixed League for many years.

Through the years, Gloria bowled in the American Farmers Girls League, the PPG Ladies League, and the Good Time Girls League. She bowled in several Tolly's Tournaments as well as the Irene Kearney Tournament.

Gloria was also a regular attendee to the Illinois Women's Bowling Association tournament.

After many years of bowling the City Tournament, her team won in 2004 with a score of 3339.

Gloria's career high average is 160.


Sandra Schaefer - Meritorious Service

Escorted by Hall of Famers, husband Paul Schaefer III and Vonna Mears

SANDY began bowling in 1962 and still bowls a couple of times a week. She has also won several league championships and other league awards.

In 1977 she became co-owner/manager of Schaefer's Lanes. She worked in all phases of the business including lane conditioning, mechanical tasks, as well as running the lunch counter and bar.

Sandy has co-sponsored many leagues, teams, and individuals and organized many out-of-town tournament trips.

She assisted with the 5-game tournament and 9-Pin No-Tap Tournament.

In 2003 Sandy was co-recipient of the DBA Hall of Fame Spotlight Award.

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A Tribute To Greatness

Marlene Coffman
Inducted 1988

Vivian VanderBurgh
Inducted 1999

Mary Holliday
Inducted 2018

Linda Fyke
Inducted 2005

Bill Miller
Inducted 1990

Rick Yetter
Inducted 2005

Wayne Hornbeck
Inducted 1994

Maureen Wilcox
Inducted 2007