Robert Schmalfuss
1929 - 2020
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Robert Schmalfuss

Chattahoochee - Robert L. "Schmo" Schmalfuss was born on October 25, 1929 in Zion, Illinois and went to be with his Savior on June 24 surrounded by his loving wife and children.

His long life produced many wonderful memories for all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in November 1950 and attained the rank of staff sergeant with the 318th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron in Thule, Greenland. After four years of honorable service, he left the military and continued his education, obtaining an M.A. degree in Education. This was the beginning of his lifelong passion of educating others. His love of teaching led him to classrooms in Arizona, Illinois and Florida where he touched the lives of countless students. Along with teaching, Bob enjoyed a 21-year career with the Florida Dept. of Education after moving to Tallahassee. Because he couldn't be contained in retirement, Schmo found himself back in the classroom at North Florida Christian School where he taught high school for 15 years.

One of the hobbies Bob enjoyed the most was making music. He was drummer and percussionist in multiple bands, including the Sonorific 6, Tallahassee Community Band, and Mad Mullet Tom & the Dixie Flyers. In addition, he loved playing in the orchestras of the various churches he attended.

Above all he was most passionate about his faith and walk with the Lord. We will miss him dearly, but we rest in the knowledge that we will see him again! At the time of his death he was a faithful member of Thomas Memorial Baptist Church in Quincy, Florida.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Belva. His sons Gary (Debbie) and Robbie (Rachel); daughters Cathy Talbott, Laurel (Mike) Travis, Pam (Charlie) Chafin and JoAnn (David) Shearer. He is also survived by his brother Jim (Regina). Bob was a beloved grandfather to 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Estella, brothers Billy and Roger, sisters Carol and Arlene.

Due to ongoing Covid-19 concerns, a private family graveside service will be held on Monday, June 29. Family will receive friends at their home (face masks required) on Sunday June 28, 4pm-6pm.




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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Jun. 26 to Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 5, 2020
I am so thankful for Mr. Schmalfuss. I learned so much from him, and I can remember so much from his class - and that shows what kind of teacher he was! His class was full of stories, laughs, and serious talks from time to time. Here are some of the things I remember:
-Camels are his favorite animals!
-"Colder than a polar bear's nose"
-Recollections from his time at the North Pole
-Dixie Land Jazz, not 7/11 songs
-"Neat, Reat, and Complete"
-"See you around like a doughnut!" (I still say this sometimes!)
These are just a few things. I am thankful for his loving care for his students, his desire for them to learn and to seek wisdom, and for his love for God. We will miss you, Mr. Schmo, but I know you are enjoying being in heaven with Jesus far more than we could imagine!
Marie Sapronetti
Student
June 29, 2020
Belva, it really seems such a short time since we saw you in your wedding dress...and of course it isn't. I remember when you were worried about Bob's health, about 27 years ago, and you had to learn to cook "less southern" food! You did a wonderful job of keeping him healthy, and built one of the best families I know. He was a very special, kind man, with an enthusiastic committment to teaching, music and helping others. Wonderful memories, and we are so sorry for your loss and the rest of your family's. Love, Vicki and Walter
Victoria Tschinkel
Friend
June 28, 2020
Schmo was a wonderful teacher while my children attended NFC in the 1990s.
He took a genuine concern in his students and how he taught them. You do not see that in teachers now.
He supported the athletics at the school, and he was hilarious at basketball and softball games.
Our hope and prayer for his family is that the memories of your husband and Dad, and how he touched so many students and their parents lives will be a sense of comfort for you all at this sad time.
David & Nadine Ochs Blairsville, Ga
Friend
June 28, 2020
Deepest condolences to you and your family Joann. He was a great teacher during our time at NFC.
Anuj Patel
Student
June 27, 2020
Belva, We extend our prayers and sympathies to you in the passing of Bob. We have good memories of Bob when we attended First Baptist. Always enjoyed Bob's good nature.
Don and Ruth Ann Nast
Friend
June 27, 2020
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Courtney Orlowski
June 27, 2020
We were blessed to have known Bob during our tenure at NFCS. He was a joy to know and was overflowing with love for the Lord and for his students. Well done, good and faithful servant!
Wayne and Carol Hunter
Coworker
June 27, 2020
Youll be missed, Schmo. Ill miss you telling me Youre lookin good! Every time I saw you at worship service!
Tim Deaton
Friend
June 27, 2020
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of times together. Our condolences.
Robert & Stacie Kornegay
Acquaintance
June 27, 2020
Schmo was a terrific person! He had much wisdom with several talents. He had an unmistakable testimony of love for his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. See ya later Bob!!
Paul &Judy Hatfield
Friend
June 26, 2020
Bob Schmalfuss was a true friend and coworker! He never was lost for words. He never knew a stranger. He always had a kind word to say. He loved everyone. He loved his Lord. He loved his family! The world is a better place because of Bobs sharing his knowledge and faith with others.
Jim & Elizabeth Lieser
Friend
June 26, 2020
I had Bob as a teacher at Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, Illinois in the early 60s. He was a free spirit, full of fun and most concerned for his students. Years later I used him as an example and fashioned a 35 year career teaching special education. If I had known how to contact him I would have been pleased to visit over old times. I will keep him in my prayers. A fine man. Bob Ralston LFHS 1961-65
Bob Ralston
Student
June 26, 2020
One of a kind guy who loved his family and His Lord. Prayers for comfort for his family.
Beth and Glenn Burns
Friend
June 26, 2020
Ole Schmo was a delightful person to have known. His kindness and big heart for his students and others are virtually unmatched, and I am grateful for the privilege of having had him as a beloved teacher. Prayers for peace and comfort to his family.
Kat Seagle
Student
June 26, 2020
Belva, I am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. What a wonderful man! I will always remember his kindness and love toward me and my sons.
Kimberle Moon McKee
Friend
June 26, 2020
Bella and family sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort
Leonard Zeiler
Coworker
June 26, 2020
Prayers go out for the family and friend of Schmo, may God place His arms of Comfort and Peace over you during this transition.
Lowell and Vivian Slider
Friend
June 26, 2020
Mr. Schmalfuss was wonderful man and an amazing educator. I will miss his love of education, love of God, love for his students, and the many memories I have of him from my time at NFC. His classes in civics, geography, and economics had a substantial impact on my educational successes. I will miss the occasional visits to his home and the reminiscing about the good old days.
Paul Gunter
Student
June 26, 2020
I worked with Bob at the Department of Education and then I would see him at NFC when my kids attended. He was always so friendly and happy everytime I saw him. I know he is having a good time in Heaven. RIP Schmalfuss my friend.
Connie Rowan
Coworker
June 26, 2020
Belva. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I miss you and think of you often.
Debbie Brumbley
Coworker
June 26, 2020
Bob was a good man. It was a pleasure to know him. He used his abilities to glorify God.
Mike Posey
Coworker
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