Last Stop


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

24 thoughts on “Last Stop

  1. Zach and Maria,
    I am weeping and rejoicing with you right now. I am weeping over your loss of an “earthly father” and wonderful husband. At the same time, I am rejoicing that he’s just experienced the best, most blissful ten hours of his life in the presence of Christ, with no tears or pain, only joy. I definitely want to attend the memorial service in Lincoln and celebrate Jeff’s life with all his many friends and family. I look forward to hearing more details about that.

    Please know that you are loved and prayed for by me. My sources tell me that heaven just instituted its own “tunnel walk” for future entrants. ☺

    Jay C Huston, CIC
    Ryder-Rosacker-McCue & Huston
    Phone: (308) 382-2330
    Toll-Free Phone: (800) 658-4200

  2. I am crying here in Belgrade Montana – what a courageous story to share with all of us!
    Love to all of you who know Jeff and his Family.
    Jim Tom Chuck Salestrom

  3. Sad, but as you noted, happy he is no longer in pain. His final destination was long ago set and he knew it, and I have enjoyed so much watching him live out his faith through this blog. He will indeed be missed.

  4. My dear Zach, my condolences and love to you, Maria and the rest of the family.

    You are probably overwhelm and I don’t want to bother you but I would like to know If you preparing a wake in NYC?.

  5. I have followed this blog from the beginning and am so sad to get this post! I have been a friend of his mother for several years and feel for her too! I admire the whole family and their strong faith that his an example we can all learn from!



  6. Thank you for sharing your dad/husband with so many of us during his journey. I began my journey with the “big c” in August of 2014, and this blog was shared with me by my brother who found/was given link to shortly after my diagnosis, so the two of us would share our thoughts when a new post was out. It opened my eyes to not only the common fears and frustrations with treatments, but helped me stop and enjoy some of the smaller things in life that we often miss out on as we rush through each day. Jeff contributed so much to the universities and projects that he began, and I can not wait to see the “Huskervision” – possibly called “Heavenvision” and tunnel walk that he will create as others walk through the gates of heaven!! 🙂 Go BIg Red!! And thoughts and prayers for your family as they move forward in your lives without him.

  7. Condolences to both of you I got to know Jeff through this blog He was a first rate person and he is now painfree and in the presence of his LORD

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  9. We were sorry to hear of the loss of Jeff – Dad & husband. Read all of his postings of The Last Train and enjoyed them all. We even visited the shop Schmackary’s on one of our NY trips because he talked about it on The Last Train and loved the cookies. We are lifelong Nebraskans and football fans, so were familiar with your Dad and husband. May all those wonderful memories help to ease your loss. Sincerely, Patty Mendenhall

    Sent from my iPad


  10. I am so sorry to hear this news. I so admired his courage in this fight. Your family is in my prayers.

    Sent from my iPad


  11. Deepest sympathies to Maria, Zach and to all of ‘Schmakdaddy’s family, friends and neighbors. The words he shared during his “Last Train” ride give faith, hope and inspiration to many, many people. So glad that he gave me a chance to ride along.

    Uncle Thumb
    Glendale, AZ

  12. I had hoped he would get more time. Isn’t that what we all want? Jeff Schmahl left a great impact on this world, and it is a lesser place we live in today without his presence. RIP Jeff.

  13. God’s speed my friend. It was an honor to ride your last train. It was a pleasure riding along the journey and learning what an incredible life and man Jeff was. I hope I can leave a fraction of an impact on those I love when I’m gone. Zach and Maria I am sorry for your loss, and you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We need to find a way to early detect pancreatic cancer and rid the world of all cancer!

  14. My condolences for your loss. Saying goodbye to our loved ones is such a heartbreaking task. I’m grateful to have shared in his courageous journey through the blog. He was a brave man! Prayers for your healing process. 

    With God’s blessings, Suzanne McCollister, PLADC

  15. Zach and Maria, tonight I am weeping for your loss–and mine. My mother, who punched her ticket on March 10, introduced me to this blog. She was a regular rider as she faced ALS, and I want you to know that your dad/husband was a source of courage and lifter of spirits for her.

  16. My dearest Maria and Zach, I just heard we lost a good friend today. Our family sends our heartfelt condolences to you, my friend Maria , Zachary and the Schmahl family. I spent the whole day reminiscing about all great times we shared throughout the years, just thinking about our friend Jeff the man with the “radio” voice. I could always tell when Jeff was in the room. Jeff had a way of lighting up every party, always having a great story to tell that would keep you tuned in for the “finale”. I loved Jeff’s infectious smile and chuckle. He always had a way of making you smile right back. Jeff was the kind of friend who was always there when you needed him, always knew the right words to comfort you when you needed it, & Jeff would always try anything that was challenging. I thought about all the accomplishments Jeff had no problem achieving. And the multitude of friends and acquaintances Maria and Jeff have met through their lifetime. Jeff was a loving husband to Maria and always wanted the best for my friend. Jeff beamed when he spoke of his Zach, how proud Jeff was of Zach’s success and accomplishments and enjoyed spending the days with Zachary and Maria getting his cookie fingers in His son’s ” Schmackery’s.
    The “Last Train” was the best legacy written by a very accomplished , well- traveled, highly intelligent, much loved great man who has touched many lives past , present and definitely in the future. Jeff you will truly be missed!!!! Thanks for the good times !!! YOU will not be forgotten , Jeff .
    God has a plan for you upstairs, so get your ” Radio” voice lubricated !!! May you be at peace now and out of pain! Pam and Mike Ciarlelli

  17. Weeping with you in Massachusetts, having lost my mother to the same disease. We had barely a month – I rejoice you had so much more time. Please be assured of my thoughts and prayers, I watched your Dad on TV growing up in Nebrraska. I wish you peace.

  18. Oh, so sorry to hear of your loss of one of the greats. Jeff was…!
    I’m glad he’s rejoicing with Jesus now…and Al!
    We will be praying for the Lord’s comfort on your grieving hearts. Glen and Audrey

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