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Obituaries — January 7, 2010

January 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Schwab Mr. Jack J. Schwab, age 80, of Rockford passed away in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, January 1, 2010. He was a 1947 graduate of Rockford High School, where he played football and track and was co-captain of the football team during his senior year. Jack was a member of the National Honor Society and also worked at his father’s business, Schwab Oil Company. He received an academic scholarship, attended junior college, and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Jack was a pilot who flew a T-6 and had 46 combat missions, was a 6147th TAC Con called the “Mosquito Squadron,” leaving the service as a First Lieutenant. He finished college, graduating in 1957 from Michigan State University, and then worked with his father. After his father’s heart attack, Jack and Jeanne purchased the business and operated it for 22 years. He and Jeanne remodeled the service station at Bridge and Main streets, giving quality service to the Rockford community. Jack served on the board of directors of MI Petroleum and was executive secretary for West Michigan Oilmen’s Club. Jack ‘s whole life was about giving back to the community. He served twice as president of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, had several terms on the Rockford Board of Education and then served as president, was a Rockford City Council member, and then was chosen mayor, served four terms as Kent County Commissioner, was a member of the Merritt Lamb Post #102 American Legion, was a life member of the Rockford Lions Club, where he twice served as president, and was a member of the Golden “R” Club. Jack was an “outdoors” man and enjoyed hunting and especially playing golf, having achieved four holes-in-one during his lifetime. He enjoyed playing Bridge with Jeanne, and played Setback on Wednesday at the Moose Lodge in Sparta. Since 1942, Jack was a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees and on the board. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne; children, Richard Schwab of Cedar Springs, Jayne and David Schemmel of Rockford; grandchildren, Marcie Schwab, Eric Schwab, Daniel Schemmel, Jacqueline “Jackie” Schemmel, and Jacob Schemmel; sister, Alma and Robert Mills; and nieces […]