In memory of
MAJOR GENERAL FRANK J. SCHOBER
MAJOR GENERAL FRANK J. SCHOBER Major General Frank J. Schober passed away peacefully on September 27, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Los Angeles California on November 17, 1933 to Mildred and Frank Schober. He grew up in Lodi, California and attended Santa Clara University where he graduated first in his class and was a distinguished military graduate in the ROTC program. He entered the Army in 1956 earing his airborne wings with the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. His later assignments included staff and command tours with the U.S. Army at various military posts in Germany. On returning from duty in Europe he was made commander of the 16th (Combat Area) Signal Company at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Following that tour of duty he was sent by the Army to the Kennedy School of Public Administration at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With a graduate degree in the field, his next assignment was as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. After studying Modern Standard Arabic at the U.S. Defense Language School he was sent to Saudi Arabia as a communications / electronic advisor to the Ministry of Defense and Aviation. A tour of Vietnam followed where he was placed in command of one of the largest communications units, the 3000 member 52nd Signal Battalion which was located in the Mekong Delta. Following Vietnam he served as a speechwriter for the Army Chiefs of Staff William Westmorland and Creighton Abrams. In 1973 he attended the Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he studied and was an instructor. Major General Schober achieved his present rank in 1975 after being called by California governor, Jerry Brown to serve as the state's Adjutant General and as the Commanding General of the state's Army and Air National Guard. For eight years thereafter, he worked to improve the ties between those institutions and the law enforcement and fire departments of the state. After retiring from the Army and the National Guard he held various positions in Emergency Services in California. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2000 where he was an active and enthusiastic volunteer with the Eldorado Community Improvement Association as well as numerous veterans groups and the Salvation Army. He is survived by his loving wife Gale, his sons Frank Christopher Schober, William Wakefield Roush, daughters-in-law Kristin Schober and Tressa Roush as well as grandson Kurt W. Schober. He is also survived by a sister Joyce Compagno, several nieces and nephews and a large extended group of family and friends. Memorial services with military honors and a reception will be held at the Church of Holy Faith, 311 East Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 on November 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in his name to The Church of Holy Faith Memorial Fund, The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 99148, Santa Fe, NM 87504 or the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87507. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 santafefuneraloption.com
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