William R. Schaaf, 75, died Tuesday morning at St. Elizabeth-Crawfordsville.
Born January 27, 1938 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Dr. Alvin D. and Helen E. (Rice) Schaaf. He was raised in Jamestown, Indiana. He spent his early school at Jamestown, later consolidated as Jackson Township School. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1956. He then graduated from Indiana University.
In December 1960 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve so that he could receive technical training to help earn his First Class Engineer’s License, to further his broadcasting career. While attending active duty at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and Keeler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, he married Margaret Anne Boroughs of Savannah on May 12, 1961.
Bill began with WHDM in McKenzie, Tennessee and later with WORM in Savannah. He was on the air and managed the station that became WBOL in Bolivar, Tennessee. He worked there until 1965 when he went to work at WCVL in Crawfordsville as their sales manager. He also worked at WPOK in Potomac, Illinois, before returning to WCVL. He helped build an FM station and became its primary salesperson called WLFQ (now WIMC).
In 1975, Bill went to work at Proctor and Gamble, assigned a territory from Indianapolis, through western Illinois. He was promoted and was eventually the shelf technology manager responsible for Kroger stores in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri. He retired from Proctor and Gamble in 1999 after 24 years. Since then, he and Margaret have spent retirement years travelling and wintering in Hollywood, Florida.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, Elks, American Legion and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was a member of the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society and the Glenn Miller Society of London, England and National Association of Broadcasters.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret, two sons, James Phillip (Jodi)of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and Paul David (Kathy) of Mesa, Arizona, four grandchildren, Jakob and Sarah of Montgomery County and Zachary and Nathan of Mesa, Arizona, one great-grandchild, Allana, and his brother, Cmdr. Alvin David Schaaf, Jr. (USN ret.) of Indianapolis and father-in-law, James Boroughs of Savannah, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bill, Jr. in March 1999.
A celebration of life be 5:30 PM Saturday at Burkhart Funeral Home with visitation from 3PM until the time of service.
Donations can be made to the Boys and Girls Club, 1001 Whitlock Avenue, Crawfordsville, IN 47933, The Animal Welfare League, 1104 Big Four Arch Road, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made at www.BurkhartFH.com.