Advice to New Readers

Welcome to The Last Train!  If you’re a new reader, my advice would be to begin by reading the “Introduction” and then work your way up the topics from oldest to newest (see the recent posts on the right).  That way you will start from the beginning of this journey rather than joining on a later stop.  Welcome aboard…and I hope you become a regular “rider” on The Last Train!

Jeff Schmahl

Introduction

May 6, 2014

A week ago at the end of a 30-minute phone conversation, a good friend of mine said, “you should start writing, it would be good for you, and you’re a good writer.”  Terry Pettit has written several books and has a mind that looks at life from just a slightly different perspective.  But in turning that crystal ever so slightly like Terry does, an array of light exposes an entirely different vantage point and I have always loved to discuss, argue, laugh, and be enriched in my time with him. Continue reading

A Celebration of Life

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Jeff may be gone, but he is far from forgotten.

Over the past week, my family has been flooded by incoming mail, messages and phone calls from so many of you wanting to share your condolences over the passing of my dad. It warms our hearts so much to know what an impact he made on so many people’s lives.

The last thing my dad ever wanted was to be mourned at a funeral, so instead we have chosen to hold “A Celebration of Life” ceremony for this incredible man. We invite anyone who knew my dad personally or through this blog to join us in paying tribute to such a special guy on this special day.

Jeff Schmahl – A Celebration of Life
Saturday, August 8th, 2015 – 2:00pm

Memorial Stadium
West Stadium – Club Level 3
One Stadium Dr
Lincoln, NE 68588

Many of you who can’t attend this celebration have asked if there is some sort of fund you can donate to, on his behalf. The answer is absolutely. In lieu of flowers or gifts, our family asks that you would simply donate toward the Jeff Schmahl Memorial Scholarship.

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Last Stop

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Dearest Riders,

This morning at 1:55AM Jeff passed on.

Thank you to everyone for the kind words of encouragement and hope over the past 15 months. They mean a lot to our family, knowing how many people’s lives he touched.

We are grieving the loss of this incredible man, but have peace in knowing he is no longer in pain or suffering. Today, God gains one of the greats. We hope he enjoys him up there as much as we did down here.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

~Zach and Maria


We will be holding a memorial service in Lincoln, Nebraska in the next few weeks.

This “Celebration of Life” will be held on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at 2:00pm inside Memorial Stadium, West Stadium – Club Level 3.

Here we’ll be celebrating Jeff’s life, accomplishments and sending love up his way. Anyone who knew him, loved him, was inspired or impacted by him is more than welcome to join us on this day of remembrance.

For those unable to join us on this special day, we will be posting a fund to donate in his memory for any person who feels like giving. Please do this instead of sending flowers.


If you wish to send condolences, please direct them here:

Schmahl Family
630 9th Avenue
Suite 311
New York, NY 10036