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Jack Gordon Schmale Obituary
Jack Gordon Schmale 1922 - 2014 Jack was born January 30, 1922 in Beloit, Wisconsin. He died July 19, 2014 at Reflections, Canyonwood Care Home in Redding, California. His father Charlie was a skilled carpenter, his mother Catherine was a homemaker and kept a rooming house. He had an older sister, Fern Bernice. Jack is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Allegra, his two children Roberta Kay and Jack Gordon Jr., and his grandson Aaron Slade. Jack's family moved to St. Louis where he met and married Allegra. They had five children. The three surviving children are Judy Malfatti, Bill Schmale and Linda Slade. He has five surviving grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Jack worked as a draftsman for McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis until he was drafted into the Navy during WWII, where he served on a submarine. Jack and Allegra moved to California after the war. They lived in Millbrae and San Bruno, where they raised their children, before moving to Eureka and later Redding. Jack owned a gas station, and then went on into car sales where he eventually retired. Jack learned to play the trumpet as a child and became an accomplished trumpeter. He has always had a love of music. Up until his final days he would be humming a tune. He and Allegra loved to dance. He would often sit in the drummers spot at the local dance club. Jack loved to fish and with his favorite fishing buddy, Allegra. They had many camping and fishing trips at Ruth Lake, Trinity and Shasta. He also had a love for golf and spent many days with his golfing buddies Herb and Bill. The family would like to thank the Reflections unit at Canyonwood Care & Rehab for the loving attention they provided Jack in his final 2½years. He thought of you all as his family and always told us how good he was taken care of. There will be a graveside service at Golden Gate National Cemetery for his family where his ashes will be placed with his wife and children. He is under the care of Lawncrest Chapel & Memorial Park. Jack's favorite charities are the and Wounded Warrior Foundation. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Aug. 3, 2014
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