Six-time PBA Tour Champion Les Schissler Dies at 83

by Jerry Schneider September 9, 2013 04:18

Six-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Les Schissler of Brighton, Colo., died Saturday at the age of 83.

Schissler won the 1967 All-Star Tournament ( now the U.S. Open) for his only major title. He experienced a resurgence in his pro career in 1983 when he finished fourth in the United States Bowling Congress Masters at the age of 53.

“Les was a good, steady, solid bowler,” said Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino. “If the (lane) condition ever called for bowling from the corner of the lane, he was unbeatable. He had one of the classic styles in the sport and was very accurate.”

Schissler, a member of the USBC Hall of Fame, was also a three-time USBC Open (then called American Bowling Congress) Championships titlist winning Classic singles, all-events and team titles in 1966.

In 1967 he bowled a 300 game in the USBC Classic team event, the first 300 game ever rolled in team competition of the prestigious tournament.

“He was pretty quiet and even-tempered and that was probably one of the keys to his success,” said PBA historian Chuck Pezzano. “He was consistent and always kept the ball in play. Sometimes you didn’t even know he was there until he did something great on the lanes.”

Schissler won the first of his five standard PBA Tour titles in the Indianapolis 500 Open in Indianapolis in July 1963.

He also competed on the PBA50 (formerly Senior) Tour where he had best finishes of third in 1987 and fifth-place finishes in 1985 and 1990.

Schissler is survived by his children, Roger, Terry Lewis,  Eileen Suazo and Sharon Montoya; brother, Kenny Schissler, sister, Marylee Houdek, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date in his hometown of Brighton.

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