David Allan Schaben
December 20, 1971 – June 3, 2022
Born in Denison, IA. Survived by wife, Amber (Scheffler) Schaben; son Caleb; daughter Samantha; parents, Mike and Jeannie Schaben of Defiance, IA; sister, Sandi (Robert) Pauley; brother, Chris (Liz) Schaben; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father-in-law, Randy Scheffler; nephew, Seth Pauley, and grandniece, Seren McCord.
VISITATION: Wednesday, June 15th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Thursday, June 16th at 11am at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 52nd & Underwood. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Schaben Children’s Education Fund.
Dave grew up in Defiance, Iowa on his family’s farm. He loved animals and had a knack with the farm cats, especially the one that would sit on his shoulder as he did chores. He loved to operate machinery from an early age, and decided he was going to be a pilot the moment he received a Fisher-Price airport around the age of 4. His Uncle Mel fueled that passion as he got older. Dave received his pilot’s license at the age of 16 in Denison, IA.
Dave played football for IKM and was always a fan of the sport. He graduated from IKM in 1990 and went on to attend Central Missouri State University where he worked for PBS making sure the shows ran in order in the off hours, among other duties. He would often go back home on weekends to help on the farm. (While he enjoyed almost everything about the farm, he would later make it clear to his wife that he would never own pigs again, not even a pet pot-bellied.) He finished his bachelor’s in Aviation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Dave worked multiple jobs around Eppley Airfield, which is where he met his wife, Amber Scheffler. Apparently, he had a thing for girls fueling aircraft. When they first met, he was dispatching for Suburban Air Freight, as well as working for UPS, and working the line at America West.
He started his pilot career as a flight instructor at Eppley Airfield. Dave’s first position as part of a flight crew in 2001, was in a Metroliner doing casino runs along the East Coast to Atlantic City. After two years, he obtained a position in Omaha flying documents (with two couriers) for the Department of Defense. He married Amber in 2004. He mainly flew the King Air and Beechjets the remainder of his career. Their son Caleb came along in 2010, followed by their daughter Samantha in 2017.
Dave was hard-working, the type of guy you could depend on, whose intentions need not be questioned, yet was also one of the most laid-back persons you would meet. He normally would only get excited about planes, politics, family, Star Wars, or the time he lost enough weight that he could fit into his little brother’s old pants. Dave was an amazing father, beloved Uncle, and a simple Christian who had a knack for making friends with everyone, even those he met on his daily walks with his dogs.
Some may not miss Dave’s love of talk radio (kind of like how he never missed polka music after leaving the farm), but we will miss the man who was a role model to many, who knew how to love without limits, loved to tell Dad jokes, and who was literally one of the best fathers I’ve ever known.
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” -A.A. Milne