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Legendary basketball coach and Disciple John Wooden dies

John WoodenDisciple and legendary college basketball Coach John Wooden recently died at the age of 99. Wooden was born into a Dutch-Irish family in 1910 in Hall, Ind. He attended Disciples churches in Indiana and later in Los Angeles, Calif. He died June 4 in Los Angeles. From 1964-’75, Wooden’s University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) basketball teams won 10 national championships, including 88 consecutive games over one stretch.

Wooden’s family moved to Martinsville, Ind., eight miles away from Hall, Ind., after his freshman year in high school when his parents, Joshua and Roxie, lost the family farm. "He was born and raised in my home state of Indiana and was a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the church in which I was born, baptized and ordained, so I’ve been hearing about ‘Coach’ all my life," said Central Ohio story teller and supply preacher Jeff Gill. Read Wooden’s obituary from Newsday at: www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?n=john-wooden&pid=143327829