William Louis Schaake
Bill Schaake passed away on Friday, 8 September 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 (CO). His college coaching career included stints at Wichita State, Minot State (ND), 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 sweetheartDarlene Schindler. He is survived by his wife of 66 years and their four childrenson Alan of Mililani, HI (wife Johanna, sons Jason and Jeffrey); son Jay of Corvallis, OR (wife Kelly, daughters Jennifer and EmmaKate, and son Josh with wife Tracy and great grandsons Chase and Ethan); daughter Janice of Kenmore, WA (husband Mark Ohrenschall, daughter Rachel and son William); and daughter Denise of Ellensburg,WA. After retirement, Bill and Darlene moved from Evergreen (CO) to Ellensburg (WA) 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 (WA).