In Memory

Beauford E. Haizlip

8/15/1933 - 5/5/2017

Age 83

Council Bluffs, IA. Passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Glen Haven Nursing Home in Glenwood, IA. Beauford was born on August 15, 1933 in Loveland, IA to the late Robert and Thelma Haizlip. He graduated from Iowa State University with his Bachelors Degree, then graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with his Masters Degree. Beauford married Barbara Reid on April 8, 1952. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Beauford went on to Teach and Coach for South Omaha High School for several years. He was a member of Eastside Christian Church and the Teachers Association.

Beauford was preceded in death by his son, Steven Haizlip in 2010. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Haizlip of Council Bluffs; daughter, Barbara Jo Reid of Des Moines, IA; sons, David Haizlip of Omaha, and Jon and Kim Haizlip of Beaver Lake, NE; 10 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

VISITATION with family on Wednesday, May 10, 5-7pm at Eastside Christian Church, 331 West Bennett Avenue.

FUNERAL SERVICE on Thursday at 11am also at the Church. Burial in Cedar Lawn Cemetery. Memorials to Eastside Christian Church.

CUTLER-O'NEILL-MEYER-WOODRING Bayliss Park Chapel 545 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 712-322-7779

Iowa native Beau Haizlip built wrestling legacy for Omaha South, Nebraska
By Stu Pospisil / World-Herald staff writer

Iowa native Beau Haizlip went beyond coaching to foster high school wrestling in Nebraska.

The longtime Omaha South coach, whose teams were dominant in the 1960s, was president of the Nebraska Scholastic Wrestling Coaches Association, conducted rules clinics for the Nebraska School Activities Association and served on the national high school rules committee.

Haizlip died Friday in Glenwood, Iowa. The Council Bluffs resident was 83.

“The early success of the NSWCA was largely due to Beau’s contributions as a coach and mentor to our organization,” said Norm Manstedt, the association’s CEO.

Born in Loveland, Iowa, Haizlip graduated from Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson. As a junior he reached the state finals at 123 pounds. He competed at Iowa State before and after serving in the Army during the Korean War, but an injury cut short his career on the mat.

After ISU he began coaching at Colby, Kansas, where he coached three state champions in two seasons. Omaha South hired him in 1960 to replace Mickey Sparano, who had coached the Packers to five consecutive state titles before becoming head coach at Nebraska.

Haizlip guided the Packers to state titles in 1962, 1963, 1966 and 1967. His record in 31 seasons was 233-72-2 with 21 state-champion wrestlers.

He was the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Region 6 coach of the year in 1985. He was inducted into the NSWCA, Metro Wrestling Coaches and Officials, South High Packer Greats and Omaha Public Schools Athletic Halls of Fame.

When he received the Packer Greats honor, Haizlip said, “This honor is really a tribute to the many fine students and athletes I have had over the many years. I am especially proud of those who have gone on to be teachers, coaches, referees and in many ways followed in my footsteps. No one could ask for a better legacy than that.”

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Barbara; daughter Barbara Jo Reid of Des Moines; and sons David of Omaha and Jon of Beaver Lake.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eastside Christian Church, 331 West Bennett Ave. in Council Bluffs.