TSgt George Rue Schmoke Jr.
1929 - 2021
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George Rue Schmoke Jr., 91, of Springfield, MA, was called home by our Heavenly Father on January 9, 2021. George, son of the late George and Bernadette (Banks) Schmoke Sr., was born in Fall River MA, on July 23, 1929. Raised in Fall River, he was a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School and went on to attend courses at Springfield Technical Community College. George proudly served his country in the United States Navy in 1947 to 1950; where he became one of the very few black helmsman. In 1951 George joined the United States Army Infantry becoming a Private First Class. He played in the 82nd division, 440th and 17th Army Corp band. Upon leaving the Army in 1955, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he became a Tech Sergeant. George retired in 1974 after battling in the Korean and Vietnam War and completing two tours in Vietnam. He gave 27 faithful years of service and proclaimed the Air Force as the best military branch he ever served. He worked for Hamilton Standard upon his retirement from the military, later began a career as a mail handler for the United States Post Office for 16 years and a local school bus driver with First Student for 40 years retiring at 86 years young in 2015. George was a loyal, active member of Bethlehem Baptist Community Church in Holyoke, MA since 1974. Serving as president of the men’s department for a season and proudly singing in the men’s and mass choir with his famous baritone voice for many years. George, the patriarch of his family loved them very much. He was a people person, enjoyed going to the movies, watching westerns, and CNN. He told great stories of the past. He was full of valor, wisdom, respect, honesty and always a gentlemen. A dignified man who soldiered on, his legacy will forever be remembered. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by the love of his life for 52 years, his wife Luetta (Partin) Schmoke; his son, Michael George Schmoke; and his brother, Edward Fester Schmoke. George will be missed by all who knew him including his sons, Carl Edward Schmoke of Bloomfield, CT, and Gregory Thomas Schmoke Sr., wife Angela of Springfield, MA; his grandchildren, Kainé Compton husband Jody Sr., Mattina Schmoke, Shauna Schmoke, Leslie Reid husband Ryan, and Gregory Schmoke Jr; his great grandchildren, Zariah Fleming, Jayel Compton, Jordan Compton, A’mya Fleming, Rylie Reid, Jody Compton Jr., Landon Reid, Carter Gains, and Caiden Gains; brother in-law Alfred Partin, Goddaughter, Terry Morris; Godson, Zachary Morris; extended daughter Diane Jacobs along with many family members and friends. Visiting Hours will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 10AM to 11:00AM at Holy Ghost Temple church, 30 Massasoit Ave, West Springfield, for public viewing. A private funeral service will follow beginning at 11:30AM. All attendees must follow COVID regulations. A private burial will follow at 2PM in the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam.


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Published in The Republican from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, 2021.
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January 15, 2021
So saddened by his passing, he was a beautiful soul, quite the gentleman, polite and charming with a beautiful smile and infectious laugh. He always had an encouraging word and full of stories. Oh how I will miss your voice and your singing. Sleep in peace.
Marsha Ivey
Friend
January 15, 2021
May God comfort you in your time of grief.
Pamela Bussey
Friend
January 15, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Vanessa Ratcliff
Friend
January 15, 2021
Greg, So very sorry to hear of your father's passing. It was my pleasure to have met and worked with George on T-2. My condolences and prayers for you and all your family.
Barbara Cowhey
Coworker
January 14, 2021
Mr. & Mrs Gregory Schmoke ,
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
James & Marcella Mitchell
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January 14, 2021
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January 14, 2021
George Schmoke was the family patriarch and historian. His service to the country in the military and to the community as a private citizen was an inspiration to us all. He will be remembered fondly for years to come.
Kurt Schmoke
Family
January 14, 2021
My deepest condolences to his family and all who knew this incredible man. He will be dearly missed. Brother Schomoke it was an honor to have met you. Always loved listening to your adventures as a military man. And always soo full of life. I will miss seeing you. I will always have you in my heart. You spirit and your legacy will forever live. Rest in eternal peace.
Claribel Martinez (Peaches)
Friend
January 14, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing your father. He was a true gentlemen. He will be missed by many.
Vickie Fitzgerald
Coworker
January 14, 2021
Greg and family, so sorry to hear about the passing of George. Very nice man who I got to know as a PTF on psm 4 when I first began my postal "career ". May you find peace in remembering his long and wonderful life.
Peter Fritz
Coworker
January 14, 2021
Greg and family, Sorry for your loss. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Donna Archambault
Coworker
January 13, 2021
Gregory, family & friends... condolences go out to all. We are saddened by your loss. George was a great co-worker (my husband & I were psm clerks). George was so friendly & never had a bad thing to say about anyone. No matter how bad things may have gone in that place, he always had a smile for you. I never realized that George & I shared the same birthday... only 30 years difference. R.I.P. & keep smiling down on us.
- Jackie (Szafran) Pappas & George Pappas -
Jackie Szafran-Pappas
Coworker
January 13, 2021
George will truly be missed. My deepest condolences, forever love, and hearfelt prayers are with my all of my RI and MA cousins during this time of bereavement. I will always treasure the times that I shared with he, Lue and the boys when we would visit during the summers. Being in Springfield was like being at home. Know that your NC family is thinking of you always. Roni
Veronica Scott
Family
January 13, 2021
Mr Schmoke was a wonderful neighbor and was a great man. My deepest sympathies to Carl, Greg and the entire family. We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely
Tom Ollari
Tom Ollari
Friend
January 13, 2021
I had the honor to work with George as a school bus driver for 30 years. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing and offer my sincere condolences to his family. He was a sweet gentle soul with a kind heart and loving smile.
Susan Blake
Friend
January 13, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Maryjo Meals-Pippa
Coworker
January 13, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Maryjo Meals-Pippa
Coworker
January 13, 2021
I had the honor to work with this man at the po. He was a very nice person& a hard worker. God rest your soul. My prayers go out to greg& his family.
Mickey rivas
Coworker
January 13, 2021
My Uncle George reminded me of Ward Clever and the Cleavers from the Leave It To Beaver television show. For example, he would say phases like " Gosh darn it, Gee Wiz, I 'all be doggone, and For crying out loud".
Renee Morris
Family
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