Gates, Kingsley & Gates Smith Salsbury Funeral Directors
4220 South Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA
February 26, 1925 – October 18, 2019
David Schaub passed away peacefully on October 18, 2019 at the age of 94. He is survived by his three children, David C. Schaub (Patti), Catherine Blessing (Charles, Sr.), and Thomas Schaub (Vicki); five grandchildren, Charles Blessing, Jr. (Nicole), Michael Schaub, Carrissa Ryan, Casey Schaub, and Jennifer Schaub; and two great-grandchildren, Payton Ryan, and Jayden Ryan. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, first wife, Mary Joan Schaub, and grandson, Christopher Schaub.
David was born on February 26, 1925 in Grand Island, Nebraska. He was second to the youngest, of eleven children born to Conrad and Louise Schaub. At an early age, David understood the value of hard work. He earned money by performing manual labor jobs, including reselling railroad ties, working as a caddy, and at a grocery store. While working at the grocery store, he met Mary Joan Hosek.
David was a decorated World War II military veteran. On May 22, 1943, he was inducted into the Army. On May 29, 1943, he entered active duty. He served as a medic in the 280th Field Artillery Battalion. In his role as medic, he saved the life of a fellow soldier by applying a tourniquet to the man’s leg. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In addition, the 280th Field Artillery Battalion liberated the town of Glaisin, Germany. He earned many medals, including a Good Conduct Metal, Bronze Star Metal, and a Purple Heart Metal. He also earned an EAMET Ribbon and American Theater Ribbon. He was discharged honorably on April 19, 1946.
After returning from World War II, he reconnected with Mary Joan Hosek. The couple wed on October 15, 1946. Together, David and Joan had three children: David C., Catherine, and Thomas. David adored Joan. He was a devoted and loving husband to Joan until her death on July 9, 1959. He demonstrated his continued devotion to Joan by visiting her grave site with his children and grandchildren on a regular basis.
David had an adventurous spirit. He shared this spirit with his children and grandchildren by traveling with them. They have fond memories of trips to visit national parks, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and docked navy ships.
David was a dedicated family man. He enjoyed spending time in the solitude of his bedroom, where he was surrounded by photographs of his loved ones. He was also a selfless and giving person. Having lived through the Great Depression, he knew what it was like to do without. As a result, he provided for his family and was reluctant to spend money on himself. David had many hobbies. He enjoyed working on home improvement projects, performing yard work, and watching animals on television.
David will finally be reunited with Joan when he is laid to rest peacefully next to her. Although David and Joan have passed away, their children and grandchildren find comfort that parents and grandparents who loved each other so deeply are together again.
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