Donald R. Schamle, 89, of Wellsville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

A rosary will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church followed by a memorial mass at 10 a.m. Inurnment Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Ottawa. The family suggests memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Catholic Church c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Don’s Tribute Wall at

Don was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Vassar, the son of Charles J. and Julia M. (Fawl) Schamle. He spent his childhood years in rural Douglas County, living the rest of his life in rural Franklin County. He attended Appanoose High School and Ottawa High School.

Don was united in marriage to Phyllis Ann Fischer Oct. 4, 1952, in Ottawa. She preceded him in death on March 9, 2000.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Julia Schamle; brother, Charles E. Schamle and wife, Patricia; and sister-in-law, Darlene Schamle.

Survivors include his seven children, Rodney Schamle and wife, Torey, of Stillwell, Kansas; Jeanie Guilfoyle and husband, William, of Fort Scott, Kansas; Rosemary Ramundo and husband, Bruce, of Manhattan, Kansas; Keith Schamle and wife, Joyce, of Phillips, Nebraska; Therese Falls and husband, Stephen, of Topeka, Kansas; Donna Arnold and husband, Merton, of Mansfield, Massachusetts; and Roberta Gloshen and husband, Daryl, of Ottawa, Kansas; siblings, Dale Schamle of Buhler, Kansas; Darlene Cook and husband, Cecil, of Merritt Island, Florida; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Don was a farmer/stockman all his life. He also was employed with Smith & Loveless in Lenexa for 25 years as a truck driver, retiring Dec. 1989.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council No. 3018, of Ottawa, Power of the Past Antique Tractor & Engine Club, and the Franklin County Board of Zoning Appeals.

Don and his wife enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren grow and mature into adults, farming and raising Angus cattle, traveling with Phyllis, camping with family, and model railroads.