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Bill Schaake

Posted 9/21/2017

Bill Schaake passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017, in Ellensburg, Washington. He was 87.

Bill was raised in Kansas and was a tried­and­true Jayhawker. He attended Liberty Memorial (now Lawrence) High School where he was an All­State performer and led his teams to state championships in both football and basketball. He attended the University of Kansas where he lettered in basketball and served as co­captain of the football team in 1951. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, the Air Force ROTC program and was a life member of the KU Alumni Association and the K­Club. Bill also earned a master’s degree from Kansas State while living and working in Abilene.

After leaving KU, Bill spent two years as an Air Force Officer before moving on to his chosen career as a teacher and a football coach. His high school coaching career included stints in Abilene, Shawnee Mission East, Goodland, and Evergreen, Colorado. His college coaching career included stints at Wichita State, Minot State, North Dakota, Washburn and KU.

A short detour from coaching found Bill in Halstead serving as executive director of the Hertzler Research Foundation from 1969 to 1973.

In 1951, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Schindler. He is survived by his wife of 66 years and their four children: son Alan of Mililani, Hawaii (wife Johanna, sons Jason and Jeffrey); son Jay of Corvallis, Oregon (wife Kelly, daughters Jennifer and Emma­Kate, and son Josh with wife Tracy and great grandsons Chase and Ethan); daughter Janice of Kenmore, Washington (husband Mark Ohrenschall, daughter Rachel and son William); and daughter Denise of Ellensburg, Washington.

After retirement, Bill and Darlene moved from Evergreen, Colorado to Ellensburg, Washington to be nearer their expanding family. There they got seriously involved in their favorite pastime: collecting and selling antiques. They purchased an antique business and spent most of their retirement years happily running it from home in Ellensburg and from an antique mall in Cle Elum, Washington.

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