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.


3 thoughts on “A Celebration of Life

  1. Zach and Maria,

    I grew up in Fremont, Nebraska. My sisters were older and two of them lived in Lincoln. Whenever we visited I always enjoyed watching the 10/11 news and some sports anchor named Jeff! His pleasant smile and demeanor always made watching the sports fun. I followed Jeff’s career as he moved to HuskerVision, and was personally disappointed when he uprooted you and took you to TAMU. Ironically, my personal career took a turn and I have been in Texas the last 10 years with my family, myself! I read an article that Tom Shatel wrote the the OWH, talking about Jeff and “The Last Train.” I became hooked on Jeff’s blog and felt like I had become part of his family reading each of his posts. I lost a sister to cancer 30 years ago, and it seems like it was yesterday. My mother has battled through colon cancer, and my father has battled through prostrate cancer.

    I can so relate to what you all are going through. My heart and love goes out to both of you and all of Jeff’s extended family and friends. The guy was amazing and touched so many people. I am a better person for getting to know Jeff and the both of you, if only vicariously through this blog. God Bless you both. Mourn and grieve your loss, as you should. And when in it time, live life to the fullest. That is the greatest thing you can do for Jeff. I wish for you only the best!

    Steve Nichols

  2. Zach,

    Your dad will remain in this world as long as you are here.

    The time I knew Jeff was short but I can see his legacy on you.

    I can believe how deep and profound was the impact that he left in lots of people.

    I am glad I had the opportunity to meet him and the whole family.


  3. Thanks, Zach & Maria. I’ll make every effort to attend the Celebration. In the meantime, I’ll continue to uphold the two of you in prayer.

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

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