William James "Bill" Schrandt

William James “Bill” Schrandt, died, Thursday, April 11, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospice House. He was born March 31, 1944, to William and Beatrice (Vodrazka) Schrandt in Delphos, Kan.

Bill spent his youth on the family farm. and was a lifelong member of the Bohemian Lodge near the farm.

On Sept. 16, 1967, Bill married the love of his life, Betty Rogers, and they celebrated 51 years together. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his children, Shawna Mazeitis (Drew), Stephanie Boone (Mordecai), William Joseph and Suzanne Schrandt (Jay Sumner); nine grandchildren, Jake, Kallen, Cole and Paige Mazeitis, Elijah and Dempsey Boone, Harper and Etta Schrandt and Braden Smith; a sister, Mary Alice; a brother, Robert Schrandt; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Early in his youth, Bill enjoyed playing the trumpet while his mother accompanied him on the piano. From that experience grew his love of music, and he went on playing the trumpet in high school, with the Kansas State Wildcat band and for many years with the Marvin Prochaska Polka Band.

Bill graduated from Glasco High School in 1962. He began college at Kansas State, but that was interrupted by his commissioning as a Lieutenant in the Army during the Vietnam war. He served in Vietnam for a year, then opted to go back to finish his degree in industrial engineering at Kansas State and make the Army his career.

Bill spent 24 years in the Army, both stateside and in Germany and in a 6-month special project in Liberia. His family became accustomed to moving and making new friends in duty stations in Bamberg, Germany, Ft. Belvoir, Va., Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Ft. Riley, Kan., Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and his favorite the US Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas City, where he was Deputy Chief of Engineers for military construction. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1992.

Following his first retirement, Bill returned to school, this time at the University of Kansas to obtain a degree in civil engineering. He then accepted the position of Public Works Director for Lansing, Kan., and went from there to a stint with an engineering firm in Lawrence, Kan., and finally to the position of Director of Engineering and Planning in Louisburg, Kan. After his second retirement, he fulfilled his ambition to be a farmer and spent several years working the family farm near Glasco.

Wherever they went, Bill and Betty were recognized for their beautiful and seemingly effortless dancing. Bill’s love of dancing was passed on to his kids and it wasn’t unusual for an impromptu dance party to occur in the kitchen of their home in Lansing on any given Saturday afternoon. Bill also loved to cook and entertain, and while not the most outspoken, he loved a room full of family and friends enjoying each other’s company and laughing together. His role as grandpa or “Papa” was also one he cherished and every Schrandt grandchild enjoyed “tractor” rides and many, many bowls of ice cream.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a younger sister, Margaret Ann; and a younger brother Steven.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St Francis de Sales Built on the Rock.