William "Bill" Schmeh

November 4, 1977June 29, 2013

William (Bill) Jacob Schmeh passed away on June 29, 2013 at his home in Edmond after a courageous fight with cancer. Bill was born on November 4, 1977 in Philadelphia, PA. Bill was a 1996 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelors of Arts in Government and Politics in 1999. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Marine Corps where he served for five years with the 1st Radio Battalion Marine Force Pacific, stationed in Pensacola, FL and Kaneohe Bay, HI. After completing his military service, Bill returned to Edmond and earned a Bachelors of Arts in History Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. Bill spent nearly five years teaching History and Economics at middle and high schools in Tucson, AZ. He began his teaching career at Apollo Middle School and was instrumental in developing Empire High School’s Economics curriculum. He was working toward his Masters in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University. Bill’s calling was secondary education and he was he was respected by both his colleagues and students. When he wasn’t teaching and volunteering with various student activities at Empire High School, Bill loved hiking in the Arizona mountains. He was an avid reader, especially all things history-related. Bill is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jacob and Eleanor Feagles, as well as his paternal grandparents, William and Ruth Schmeh. He is survived by and missed dearly by his loving parents, Al and Eleanor Schmeh; a brother, Jonathan, of Edmond; sisters Ellie (Will) Graves of Pittsburgh, PA and Stephanie (Toney) Forga of Yukon. He was Uncle Bill to his nephews Colin and Charles and niece Catherine, and “Baby Forga” due in September. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond. In lieu of flowers, the family will be setting up a scholarship in Bill’s memory to benefit the most improved student in Economics at Empire High School in Tucson, AZ.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, July 6, 2013

William "Bill" Schmeh

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Joseph Stack

July 8, 2013

As a student of his, I got to see a lot of him, and he was an intelligent, and amazing man. He had quite the sense of humor, and was always happy and fun to be around. He was a man that helped me find my way, and helped me consider the USMC even more. He will truly be missed by Empire High School, and all others that were around him.

Joanna Parker

July 7, 2013

I had the pleasure of spending a year and a half with Bill through our cohort with NAU. We worked together on many assignments. I have missed our Saturday afternoon coffee. He will be greatly missed.

Johnny Wilson

July 6, 2013

Hello, my name is Johnny Wilson and I was a student of Mr. Schmeh in Tucson, AZ. I will miss Mr. Schmeh, he was a great person and a extraordinary teacher. He made an impact on me and gave me an appreciation for economics. In fact, after a class on German currency before WWII I saw a currency note for sale at an antique coin store and bought it because of him and will always think of him when I see it I have to tell you a funny story; I read the obituary on the website last week and thought the mass service was going to be held at St Johns in TUCSCON. My family and I got ready to go this morning (my Dad who was a Marine even put on his dress blues because Mr. Schmeh was a Marine also) to go to the mass. Just before we left my Dad checked the obituary again to ensure we were going to the right place and discovered the mass was actually in OK! Well, we want you to know my family and I were thinking of your family and will miss Mr. Schmeh a lot. I've attached a picture of my Dad and I getting ready to leave!

Heather Hazen

July 4, 2013

May the memories always feel like yesterday. May the tears evaporate in the Light
Praying for you all

Sandra Fay Pugh

July 4, 2013

Ellie and family our prayers and love are extended to you during your time of loss.

Jennifer Ramirez

July 4, 2013

Mr. Schmeh was one of my favorite teachers by far at Empire. I still remember joking around with him during class. When I learned he had cancer I was so sad. It's not fair that this could happen to such an amazing person. I also remember him chaperoning for my field trip in history. It was so nice to see him again after he left school. Mr. Schmeh was loved by everyone in the school and I know we will all miss him dearly. Thank you so much for being an amazing teacher and person.