Wayne Schmitt died on November 7, 2022 in Amarillo, Texas
All services will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4100 S. Coulter. A vigil service will be held on Monday, November 14, 7 pm., and the funeral mass on November 15, 10:00 AM. Celebrant will be Rev. John Valdez. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.
Wayne was born on August 28, 1937 in Muenster, TX to his parents Al and Evelyn Otto Schmitt. He grew up there and graduated from Muenster High School. Upon graduating, Wayne moved to Colorado where he worked as a telegrapher for the Union Pacific Railroad for several years before continuing his education at Texas Tech. He graduated with a marketing and advertising degree.
He and Myra were married in Amarillo at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on January 29, 1966. The family soon grew with the birth of their two daughters, Julia and Jennifer. During this time Wayne had a career in the printing business. In 1993 he and Myra formed Southwest Sales Promotion. Wayne and Myra were founding members of St. Thomas, he was involved in many different church activities including being a sponsor for RCIA. Wayne was a devoted, strong man who built his life on faith. He was dependable, steadfast and encouraging, it was these attributes that would guide the family through one of the most devastating events a family could endure, the loss of their daughter Jennifer, in 1991.
Wayne and Myra had a love for travel and were fortunate enough to travel all over the world. The couple especially enjoyed Costa Rica, a place they visited several times.
He loved to fly both single engine airplanes and gliders. He spent many hours flying and was a flight instructor. He received the FAA Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and by his daughter Jennifer Leigh Schmitt.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Myra; his daughter Julia Sadowski and her husband Derek of Salem, Oregon; his three sisters, Loretta Victor of Ft. Worth, TX, Joyce Hall and her husband Jess of Austin, TX, and Doris Penny and her husband Jerry of Georgetown, TX; his two brothers, Harvey Schmitt of Muenster, TX and Tom Schmitt of Austin, TX; and two grandsons, Sean and Max Sadowski.
A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at NWTH.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Boys Ranch, 600 SW 11th Ave., Amarillo, TX 79101-3228
or St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4100 S. Coulter 79121