Wayne Victor Schmille1

M, #204, b. 8 September 1936, d. 28 October 1993
Father*Victor Carl Schmille d. circa 1963
Mother*Helen Liechti d. circa October 1937
     Wayne was born in Wathena, Kansas, USA, on 8 September 1936.1,2 He was the son of Victor Carl Schmille and Helen Liechti.
     He applied for his social security number in Kansas, USA; 514-40-5155.1
     Wayne was born in Wathena, Kansas. He lived there until 1959 when he moved to Lawrence, Kansas. He spent the rest of his live living in the Lawrence/Eudora area.

Wayne's mother died when he was 13 months old. Since he was so young when his mother died, he was shuffled around a lot as a child and lived with many different families. Getting married and having kids was the first time he felt like he was really part of a family.

Wayne was baptized by Carl Schmidt at the age of eight. He said that if he had had a water gun at the time, he would have shot Rev. Schmidt in the eye.      

Wayne and Norma met on March 14, 1954 at a youth rally in St. Joseph, Missouri. Wayne was President of his youth group. They later married on Valentine's Day in 1957.

Wayne enlisted in the Navy in January 1955. He was part of the Taiwan patrol. He served until 1959.

Wayne and Norma spent part of there early married life living at the farm on Flora Altenbernd (#63).

Wayne's law enforcement career began in 1959 when he joined the Douglas County Sheriff's Department as a deputy. He was promoted to undersheriff in 1965. After making an unsuccessful election bid for Douglas County sheriff, he joined the Lawrence Police department in September 1970. With them, he served as a patrol officer and detective. He was a shift lieutenant when he retired in March 1991.

Wayne's dad, Carl, died in 1963.

Wayne helped to establish the Kansas State Fraternal Order of Police and served as their first president. The state FOP honored him by establishing the "Wayne V. Schmille Member of the Year Award". Wayne was the first recipient in 1990.

Wayne and Norma are both avid motorcycle riders. They take trips all over the country. Sometimes they travel with a group of other riders and sometimes they take off with just the two of them.

Wayne retired in 1992 when the funds for the organization he was involved with ran out (the Fraternal Order of Policemen). There was a coffee held in his honor in which over 200 representatives from law enforcement agencies across the state of Kansas attended. He received many awards that day honoring the work he had done, but the most touching was a speech from his son, Vic, telling everyone how much he appreciated and loved his father. Wayne, at 55, is not ready to retire completely, but has not yet made up his mind what he would like to do next. He is considering getting his private investigators license and going into business for himself. He would prefer, however, to get on with a large corporation.

Wayne was diagnosed with lung cancer late September 1993. He immediately started radiation treatments, but it was too late. Wayne died Thursday, October 28, 1993. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 1, 1993 at Plymouth Congregational Church. Rev. Jonathan Knight and Rev. Paul Witmer officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial fund was set up in his name with the Center for Basic Cancer Research.

Wayne was 6' 2 1/2" tall.     

I can remember visiting the Schmille's when we would be vacationing at my grandmother's (Flora Altenbernd, #63). While I remember Vic and ViAnne better than I do Wayne and Norma, to me Wayne seemed bigger than life. I was impressed with his uniform and patrol car. I remember him being extremely happy and full of life.

After my grandmother died, I didn't visit Lawrence as much. My parents made a number of trips back, but by then I was living on my own and didn't accompany them. In September 1992, I did finally make a trip back. I had a wonderful visit with Norma. Sadly, though, Wayne was away on a motorcycle trip and I missed him. I did talk to him some months later when Norma's father died. He still had the booming voice I remembered from my childhood. It was my last contact with him.

     Wayne worked. He worked as Deputy Sheriff/Police Officer.
     Wayne died on 28 October 1993 in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA, at age 57. Memorials were given to The Kansas State University Foundation for Cancer Research..1,2 He was buried on 1 November 1993 in the Memorial Park Cemetery located in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, USA.3,4
Last Edited=18 January 2020


  1. [S7] SSDI, unknown file number, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), unknown series (n.p.: Ancestry) . Hereinafter cited as SSDI.
  2. [S146] Unknown name of person unknown article title, Obituary, unknown location.
  3. [S193] Unknown name of person unknown article title, Schmille (#204), Wayne - Obituary, unknown location.
  4. [S194] Norma Wichman unknown date.

Compiler: Sheila Altenbernd
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