Gerald "Jerry" Schnaedelbach, age 87, of the Liberty Community in White Plains, Ga., died Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Mr. Schnaedelbach was born in St. Louis, Mo. on February 20, 1927 to the late Armin Schnaedelbach and Jessamyn Ferguson Schnaedelbach. He graduated from Webster Groves High School in Webster Groves, Mo. 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 aboard 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 Green County 20 years ago from Key West, Fla. 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, (Houston) Susan Cabanas, (Key West) Sara Ryland (Orlando) and David Cook (Tampa). Jerry is also survived by a sister, Ann Funk (St. Louis). He has thirteen grandchildren, 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. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, Ga, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. You can visit their website, www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com, to sign the online register. There will also be a service in Key West to be announced at a later date.