Dwayne Schmaltz

Date of Death: Jun 24, 2021
Dwayne Schmaltz

1926 - 2021

Dwayne J. Schmaltz, 94, of Waupun, passed away June 24, 2021 at home with family by his side.


Dwayne was born October 11, 1926 in La Crosse, WI, the son of William E. and Evelyn Ledman Schmaltz, the big brother to five sisters. He attended La Crosse schools and was a graduate of La Crosse Central High School. On October 11th of his senior year he was drafted into the U.S. Army. By Christmas he was on his way to basic training at Camp Joseph T. Robinson near Little Rock, AR. He served two years with the U. S. Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Dwayne attended UW La Crosse where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. On August 21, 1948 he married Margaret Balmer in West Salem, WI. He started his professional career in Middleton, WI, teaching 7th Grade and later becoming principal of Sauk Trail Elementary School. Dwayne continued his education at UW Madison where he received his Master’s Degree in Administration. A career move took him to Pardeeville, WI where he was District Administrator for Pardeeville area schools from 1965-1969. In 1969 he became CESA 13/6 Administrator, moving to Waupun in 1975, and retiring in 1992. In 2006, Dwayne’s wife Margaret passed away. On November 11, 2007 he married Jane Fay in DeKalb, IL. Dwayne was very active in the Waupun community where he was a current member of Kiwanis, Gideons, American Legion Post #210 of Waupun, and the elder board of Edgewood Community Church. Past community involvement included coordinator of the Salvation Army, member of the Waupun School Board, and a Board of Director for both the Christian Home and Waupun Memorial Hospital. In the various communities in which Dwayne lived, he was always active on various boards of the churches he attended. He was a founding, charter, and active member of Edgewood Community Church in Waupun. In April of 2017, escorted by his veteran grandson Dallas, he had the privilege of attending the Old Glory Honor Flight.


In addition to a busy work life and community involvement, he was a family man, a reader, a thinker, and a doer. He was an avid gardener, a builder, and a traveler. He didn’t care about the destination as much as he did the journey and the people along the way. His home was filled with singing.


Dwayne is survived by his wife, Jane; four children: Jon (Mary) Schmaltz of Waupun, Gretchen (Mark) Pluim of St. Charles, MN, William (Sharon) Schmaltz of McDonough, GA, and Holly (Jerome) Narloch of Oconomowoc, WI; nine grandchildren: Stephanie Latham, Amy (Charles) Wiese, Valerie (Richard) II Brunoni, Dallas (Amy) Werner, David (Karen) Schmaltz, William (Danielle) Schmaltz, Erica, TJ, and Lydia Narloch; twelve great-grandchildren: Creighton, Chase, Cyren and Cecelia Wiese, Lilliana and Richard III Brunoni, June and Jade Werner, Daniel and Aubrey Schmaltz, and Henry and Anna Schmaltz; one half-sister, Jeannine (Gerald) Swan; a special friend and former foreign exchange student, Mary “Kit” Tomkins (Clive) Carpenter; Jane’s family of three sisters and three brothers; and their many nieces and nephews.


Dwayne was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Margaret Schmaltz; a daughter, Teresa Schmaltz; a son-in-law, Douglas Werner; a sister, Lois Ann Wohlhoefer; two half-sisters: Lois Ann Gilmore and Donna Christianson; one step-sister, Rose Marie Frost; and sister-in-law: Joanna Fay.

Memorial Service

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Edgewood Community Church in Waupun with Roger Knowlton officiating.



  1. gert schouten Says: June 25, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Jane, I am so sorry to hear of Duwayne’s passing. He was such a wonderful,caring man. He will be greatly missed. Praying for you and your family

  2. Marlene and Richard HOLMES Says: June 25, 2021 at 7:29 pm


  3. Mark Dungan Says: June 26, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. I knew him through his involvement with North Scott Baptist Church during the 1960s and 70s where my dad was pastor. A wonderful, warm and caring man and father with a great singing voice. Will never forget the beautiful duets he and Marge sang in church. My thoughts and prayers are with his family as they mourn his passing.

  4. Jim & Pam Wilcox Says: June 26, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    To all of Dwayne’s family , we rejoice with you at the Home-going of your father, husband and grandchildren and also grieve with you at the loss of him in your lives.
    He was a wonderful, kind man. We have many memories of him at North Scott Baptist Church.
    Blessings and comfort.

  5. Rose Carlson Says: June 26, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    What a life well-lived, and blessed to be at home with family. Blessed be his memory.

  6. Pat and Dale Seidel Says: June 26, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Bill it is never easy to say goodbye. But in doing so with your beloved father we hope knowing that he was loved and respected by his son will be a comfort to you and your family.at

  7. Pat and Dale Seidel Says: June 26, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Bill it is never easy to say goodbye. But in doing so with your beloved father we hope knowing that he was loved and respected by his son will be a comfort to you and your family.

  8. Paul and Ruth Fairbanks Says: June 26, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Dwayne’s entire family

  9. Sue Stoffel Says: June 27, 2021 at 1:58 am

    To the Schmaltz family: Dwayne was a truly wonderful, one-of-a-kind person. He always had time to say hello, whether at church, a meeting or function, or even the grocery store. Waupun is a better place to live because of Dwayne’s strong sense of community. He will be greatly missed and has earned his heavenly rest.

  10. RUTH LEIS Says: June 27, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Dwayne’s family: So sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. I remember him from the Schmaltz family reunions we used to have in Mormon Coulee. What a gentle soul! I am Ruth Schmaltz Leis, daughter of Margery DeBoer Schmaltz. May he rest in peace and may God comfort all of you at this very sad time. Love, cousin Ruth

  11. Owen Landsverk Says: June 28, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. He gave much to the Pardeeville community and was an inspiration to anyone who knew him.

  12. Kris Dutzle Says: June 28, 2021 at 2:26 pm


    I am so sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing him when he came in to see us at the clinic, he will be missed. Prayers to you and your family.

  13. Steve Olsen Says: June 30, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Jane, so sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. Prays to you and your families.

  14. Jane, We were saddened to hear of Dwayne’s passing. He was a joy to know. So glad you have had happy years together. We were looking forward to seeing you both at the Sandwich Fair this year. So glad Linda passed the news on to us. We will keep you in our prayers along with all of both your families. Blessings and love, LaDonna and Warren Fay

  15. Ssherry Says: July 4, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Jane, Chuck & I so enjoyed our lunch with you and Dwayne years ago. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

    Chuck & Sherry Reichling

  16. Linda Rea Hull Says: July 4, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dwayne’s passing. I worked for him at CESA many years ago, and throughout the years, he always took the time to say hello. He had such an impressive list of serving and promoting church and community growth. A life well-lived!

  17. Michele K Nummerdor Says: July 9, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Jane I’m so sorry to hear of Dwaynes passing. I will greatly miss seeing him in the restaurant. He was always one of my favorite customers. Hope to still see you.

  18. Jane Rasmussen Says: July 12, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    “Mr. Schmaltz” was a teacher of mine in 7th grade in Middleton, and probably one of my favorite teachers of all time! He was so much fun and so very caring to ALL the children – he played softball WITH us at lunch and recess – and encouraged the kids who weren’t so athletic (me being one of them)! My mother thought he was the greatest principal when he was at Sauk Trail for my sister’s years! The world is worse off without this man and I’m sure he is enjoying his heavenly rest now. Blessings to his family – I’m sure he will be sorely missed!

  19. Marcia Wilson Says: July 15, 2021 at 7:11 am


    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your sad loss. May family and friends envelope you in comfort in the coming months and may you always feel Dwayne’s love.

  20. Daane Angie Says: July 16, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Bill, I’m sorry to hear about your dad. I have some very fine memories of visiting with him at the Boys Basketball tournaments. May he rest in peace. I miss those days with you and him at the games. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ron Brewer

  21. Patrick Kennedy Says: July 17, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Such a pleasure to have known Dwayne over these past 50 yrs. Dwayne was the epitome of a highly qualified person/professional. Our professional lives mirrored each. While Dwayne served in the Portage/Waupon area we interacted on numerous occasions. I always came awayfrom our interactions more impressed and inspired. Such a great gentlemen and scholar. To have lived to the ripe old age of the mid 90’s is reflective of his active and impressive life. It was surely my privilege to have appreciated and respected our relationships. May you rest in peace Dwayne – Patrick Kennedy, McFarland, WI.

  22. Tony Evers Says: July 18, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Dwayne was a friend and mentor. I appreciated his advice and leadership at CESA 6. Condolences to Dwayne’s family. Tony Evers

  23. Carol Hopp Says: July 23, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Jane and family, Im sorry to hear of Dwaynes passing. I will always remember him as having made a significant difference in my life.I will continue to fondly remember the lunches Jane, the 3 of us had together. He was a wonderful man and is now with our wonderful God! Please now that Im praying for all of you.

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