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A memorial service for Alfred J. Schillke, 87, retired Buffalo Police Department desk lieutenant and a champion distance runner, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in Ascension Lutheran Church, 4640 Main St., Snyder.

Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.

Schillke, who was born in a suburb of Montreal, died Sunday (May 23, 1993) in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, one day after his 87th birthday. He had suffered a massive stroke Friday.

He came to Buffalo with his parents when he was 9 years old. He was a graduate of Hutchinson Central High School, where he was a local and state champion distance runner. He attended Cornell University and later the Albright Art School, where he met his wife, the former Esther Hoffman.

Schillke was a police officer and desk lieutenant for 43 years until his retirement in 1972. He often served as a literacy volunteer in the jail at Police Headquarters and was the department's historian.

Because of his skill as an artist, he also served for several years as the official police cartographer. His duties included making drawings of crime scenes, taking measurements and testifying on physical evidence.

In addition to his police duties, Schillke was active in the church, working in youth and adult education. He also was a skilled cabinet maker, a local history buff and a calligrapher.

Schillke was a life member of the Judges and Police Conference of Erie County.

He often made appearances in local races and continued to jog until recently even though he had suffered a small stroke about a year ago. Friends and neighbors said they were amazed to see him walk and then jog while carrying a cane.

Besides his wife of 60 years, survivors include two daughters, Gretchen Carpenter of Bethel, Conn., and Katrina Wobschall of Williamsville; two sons, Peter and Christian, both of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two sisters, Gertrude Reimann of Grand Island and Margaret Williams of Florida; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.


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