William J. Schwab, retired operator of Schwab Motor Sales, died Tuesday in Wuesthoff Hospital Hospice Center in Melbourne, Fla. after a short illness. He was 86.
Mr. Schwab, who was known as Jack, was born in Holland, N.Y., and lived in Warsaw for most of his life.
After graduating from Holland High School in 1936, Mr. Schwab attended Cornell University until he joined the Army Air Forces as a pilot during World War II.
As a major, he flew B-17 bombers in the Pacific theater. Included in his medals were an air medal with one oak leaf cluster and an Asiatic Pacific Theater Badge with three battle stars.
Returning home, he joined his father at Schwab Motor Sales in Warsaw, which he operated until his retirement in 2002.
He and his wife, the former Dana Berry, moved to Florida that same year.
He was a member of Walter Klein Post 532, American Legion, in Warsaw; the Retired Officers Association; and the Loyal Order of the Moose in Warsaw. He was a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America and a former director of the AAA of Western New York. He was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church in North Java.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, William J. II of Glendale, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Karen Karol of Amherst; two sisters, Jane Austin of Dayton, Ohio, and Carol Wilson of Gainesville; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Weeks Funeral Home, 123 N. Main St., Warsaw. Burial will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery in North Java.