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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Wayne Schoepke, Sr.

Issue Date: November 29, 2018

Wayne Schoepke, Sr., of Wausau, passed away Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, surrounded by family.

Born Feb. 1, 1935, to Donald and Viola Schoepke in Antigo, at a young age, the family moved to Marinette, where he lived until his junior year of high school. In 1952, they moved to Wausau where he graduated in 1953. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1954 and was stationed at Forbes Air Force Base in Topeka, Ks., where he fought the "Battle of Topeka", as he called it, and ended his tour in 1958.

He graduated on the Dean's List with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas in 1963. He then returned to Wausau to work in his father's architectural office until his father's retirement in 1971. He continued the business but specialized in designing banks throughout Northern Wisconsin, whereas his his father's business featured schools.

He married Elizabeth Gandy in June of 1959 in Kansas City and she preceded him in death in 1982. Together they had three children, Beth Kaziak of Appleton, Tammie Schoepke of Wausau and Wayne Schoepke, Jr. of Merrill. He then married Ardus Beckman Stone and gained five children, Jamie Mancini of Burnsville, Mn., Tracy Stone of Mosinee and Terry Stone, Patrick Stone and Mark Stone, all of Wausau.

A Master Mason and Shriner, he was the first new Master Mason in the new Wausau Temple in 1975, which was designed by he and his father.

He enjoyed his "Hunting Shack" near Prentice, where he spent most of his extra time and loved deer hunting and being in the woods. He earned the name "Big Buck" from one of his grandchildren for not shooting a deer because he was on the lookout for that "Big One".

 With his interest in "collecting" that came from his mother, he was an avid collector with an interest in antique outboard motors and guns, but saved everything. He was one of the founders of the North Central Gun Collectors in Wausau and The Tomahawk Outboard Motor Shows and a past Vice President of the National Organization for Motor Collector's (Antique Outboard Motor Collectors, Inc).

Survivors include his wife, Ardus Schoepke; eight children, Beth (John) Kaziak, Tammie Schoepke, Wes (Jane) Schoepke, Jamie (Mark) Mancini, Terry Stone, Patrick (Cindy) Stone, Mark (Donna) Stone and Tracy Stone; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son Donald Eddy; his first wife, Elizabeth Schoepke and two brothers, Daniel Schoepke and Thomas Schoepke.

Per his request, a private Celebration of Life will be held on July 4, 2019 at his hunting shack. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to be sent to Lincoln County Humane Society, 310 N. Memorial Dr. Merrill, WI  54452. Brainard Funeral Home of Wausau is assisting the family with arrangements.


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