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Colonel William (Bill) T. Schwob passed away on Dec. 5, 2013 in Longwood, FL. He was born in Le Sueur, MN on April 6, 1930 to Aloysius and Catherine Schwob. Bill studied for three years at St. John's University in Minnesota before joining the Air Force in 1951. He and Jeanette Neuman of Ortonville, MN married in 1955. During one of his many assignments with the USAF he finished his college degree at night school and graduated from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 1967 he was stationed at Ubon AFB, Thailand where he completed 128 combat flying missions in an F-4 Phantom over N. Vietnam, many as a Flight Commander. He was awarded many medals; amongst them was the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1978 after 27 years in the Air Force, Bill retired and sold real estate. He fully retired in 1992 and enjoyed golf and life. His wife Jeanette passed away in 2004. He is dearly missed by his three children. The eldest is Angela Watson of Midland & Lubbock, TX along with her husband, Marshall and their four children, Ryan Latham, Andrew Latham and wife, Regan, Marshall Jr., and Jane Ann. His middle child is Peter Schwob of Longwood, FL along with his wife, Terri and their two daughters, Lauren Inman and husband, Jeff & Lindsay Flint and husband, Justin. His youngest is Paula Scott of San Antonio along with her husband, Trey and their two sons Emory and Garrett. Bill is also survived by his oldest sister, Kathleen of Bakersfield, CA and his older brother, Clair and his wife, Ann Colleen who live close to Virginia Beach. His youngest sister, Dorothy, predeceased him in 1986. Bill was well liked by all due to his compassion, fairness, and humor. He was a proud member of the River Rats, a great organization which helps children of military parents who are captured in battle or died due to combat or operational accidents. In the 1970's he took many children of fellow US military comrades who sacrificed in Vietnam as KIA or POW's to his lake house numerous times for relaxing and activity filled retreats. In the 1990's and 2000's he organized many golf tournaments to raise money for the River Rats. A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: www.river-rats.org.
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Published in Express-News on Dec. 22, 2013