Gerald Schnaedelbach

Born: Sun., Feb. 20, 1927
Died: Wed., Jul. 16, 2014

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
Location: McCommons Chapel

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Gerald “Jerry” Schnaedelbach, age 87, of the Liberty Community in White Plains, Georgia, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014.  Mr. Schnaedelbach was born in St. Louis, Missouri on February 20, 1927 to the late Armin Schnaedelbach and Jessamyn Ferguson Schnaedelbach.  He graduated from Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Missouri and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.  He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and completed courses at submarine school, submarine radar school, and fleet sonar school with subsequent duty at sea upon the USS Capitaine (SS 336) followed by duty on the USS Trumpetfish (SS 424). He spent the rest of his working career as a Civil Service Engineer, Private Pilot, FAA Examiner, Pilot and Ground School Instructor, Seaplane and Biplane Pilot, Ski Instructor, and Commercial Captain on his own fishing boat.  He moved to Lake Oconee in Greene County 20 years ago from Key West, Florida after retiring from Air Florida as a pilot.  Jerry was always involved in civic and community affairs; after retiring to Lake Oconee, he was the Airport Authority Manager and Fire Chief of Liberty Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a dog lover and his many interests included water skiing, fishing, hunting, flying, and boating.  In 2004 he received the Greene County Citizen of the Year Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his children, Peter Schnaedelbach of Houston, David Cook of Tampa, Susan Cabanas of Key  West, and Sarah Ryland of Orlando.  Gerald is also survived by a sister, Ann Funk of Missouri.  He has thirteen grandchildren, Michael Schnaedelbach, Jr., Michelle Bravo, Peter Schnaedelbach, Jr. Kathryn Ashleigh Gomez, Marley Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Kelly Gander, Fred Raymond Cabanas, Jr., Rachael Ryland, Paige Ryland, Jill Ryland, Matt Cook and Phil Cook.  He also has five great grandchildren, and his beloved dog, Zack.  He was preceded in death by a son and daughter, Michael Schnaedelbach and Kathryn Johnson, and wife Wendy Schnaedelbach.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at McCommons Chapel.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements.  Visit us at to sign the online register.

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Beverly Sines
   Posted Fri July 18, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. My husband and i
were once neighbors in Rocky Creek. My thoughts and prayers are with
during this time of sorrow.

Robert and Annette Dowdy
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Linda Bone
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
As Postmaster of White Plains I had the pleasure to service Mr. Jerry on numerous occasions. Many times was when he brought one of the Liberty Fire trucks to White Plains for service. It was always a pleasure to see him and assist him with his Postal needs. When Liberty Church honored the volunteer firemen earlier this year, he attended with the assistance of Joann Cooper. It took great effort but he seemed very pleased to have made that effort. He will be missed by everyone. Melvin and I send our deepest sympathy.

Stephen Leon
   Posted Sun July 20, 2014
David and Sarah, I am so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. My father worked with Jerry at the Naval Base in Key West. My father looked up to Jerry for guidance. As a young child, I remember Jerry helping my dad save his lobster boat when it sank in the bay off Key West. I remember Jerry providing his engineering skills to help construct a home traction unit for my mom after her back surgery in the early 1970's, so my mom could recuperate at home instead of at the hospital. My father always referred to Jerry as a "great man," and he truly was a great man. Jerry will be missed.

Iris Mills
   Posted Mon July 21, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss. Gerry was one of the few members of our family who kept in touch with me since I lost my husband 5 years ago.

Peggy Skiber and Max Anderson
   Posted Mon July 21, 2014
We'll miss you Jerry, many fond memories, Key West and White Plaines.
Good 'phone conversations about family and Zach - your life was quite
an adventure - much more than most, happy I could share some of it...
be peasceful now.

Chaplain Ray Fritz
   Posted Tue July 22, 2014
On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI), we offer our condolences and sympathy to Sarah, Peter, David, Susan, Ann, and all of CDR Schnaedelbach’s family and friends in this time of sorrow. God bless you with peace, comfort you, and heal your broken hearts. We are especially thankful for Jerry’s service to our country in the U.S. Submarine Service during WWII and the Korean War on the USS Capitaine SS/AGSS-336 QMSN 1945-46 and USS Trumpetfish SS-425 LT 1951-53. Jerry was a member of the Grayback Base United States Submarine Veterans (USSVI). To our “Brother of the Dolphin” we say … "Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch. May you rest in peace and may God bless your loved ones who remain. Thank you for your service to our country."

So, heavenly Father add his name to the roll
Of our departed shipmates still on patrol.
Let them know that we who survive
Will always keep their memories alive.

Bless those who serve beneath the deep,
Through lonely hours their vigil keep.
May peace their mission ever be!
Protect each one, we ask of Thee.

Bless those at home who wait and pray
For their return by night and day.

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Schnaedelbach, CDR, US Navy, Now on Eternal Patrol.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate
His record is now posted online in the Eternal Patrol file on the USSVI website.

Rev. Ray Fritz, National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI.

Pam (Gedmin) Shaffer
   Posted Sat July 26, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Many a good times were had at the Key West Schnaedelbach Flagler Avenue home. Thanks for the memories.