Wayne Earl Schlegel of Glendale passed peacefully at his residence surrounded by family on January 2. Born on September 6, 1931 in Lewistown. He was the son of the late Earl and Elsie Schlegel. On June 28, 1952 Wayne was married to Blanche with whom he was blessed to share 68 years of marriage. He was preceded by his beloved wife on December 30, 2020.
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Wayne is survived by his four children, Wanda (Larry) Sheaffer of Glendale, Debra Schlegel of Ephrata , Lori (Doug) Tyger of York, and Jeff (Lori) Schlegel of Glendale; Ten grandchildren, Ryan (Betsey) Sheaffer of Glendale, Lauren Sheaffer (James Reifler) of Los Angeles, Grant Sheaffer of Mifflintown, Megan (Andy) Tokarchek of Bechtelsville, Jared (Katrina) Sheaffer of Littleton CO, Drew (Jamie) Tyger of Bozeman, MT, Ross Tyger of Harrisburg, Ian Tyger of The Hague, Lindsey (Travis) Howard of Glendale; Dwayne Schlegel of Glendale; four great grandchildren, Brayden and Noah Howard, and Ellie and Wyatt Sheaffer. He is survived by his brother William (Sue) Schlegel of Mechanicsburg.
He was a lifelong member of the East Salem United Methodist Church and enjoyed serving as a treasurer over the years.
Wayne was a passionate businessman. He began working in his father’s business as a child.
Wayne was an owner/operator of Schlegel’s Hardware and Grocery 1968-1997. Wayne’s children grew up working in the store shelfing groceries and advancing to cashiers. He was fond of $2 bills, 50 cent coins and his customers. He enjoyed people and aspired meeting consumer needs, and knowing them as friends.
Wayne and Blanche joined his father’s business and eventually took over store. They continued the legacy building a second and third final store in Glendale. Wanda (Larry) and Jeff (Lori) and spouses became co-owners starting in 1997. Family includes grandson’s Dwayne Schlegel and Ryan Sheaffer. Wayne actively worked in the store until his recent hospitalization.
Wayne graduated from Thompsontown High School. He went on to proudly serve as a Sergeant with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed doing yard work, hunting, playing sports, especially baseball, racquetball, volleyball, walleyball and watching sports and word searches as mobility declined. Wayne and Blanche enjoyed traveling particularly in their later years. They took several cruises, train and bus trips. Above all, he will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. His bravery, optimism, and unsinkable spirit in his Myelofibrosis battle remain admirable.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Wayne's memory to the East Salem United Methodist Church, 7398 Route 235, Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Graveside services will be held for immediate family with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
Online condolences and tributes can be sent to the family at www.brownfuneralhomesinc.com.