August 21, 1936 ~ May 26, 2019

Born in: St. Peter, Kansas
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Daniel Schamberger, age 82, passed away from cancer on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at home in Denver with his family. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Veronica, his three daughters Julie Horowitz, Dana Nickless, and Monika Schamberger; two sons-in-law Bob Horowitz and Mark Nickless; and grandchildren Jake and Nate Horowitz, and Grace and Henry Nickless.

Dan was born in 1936, the youngest of 11 children in the small farming community of St. Peter, Kansas to Raymond and Barbara Schamberger. His father and mother’s family were part of the Volga German immigrants who settled in western Kansas.

Dan went to St. Joseph’s military academy for high school. He attended St. Mary’s of the Plains College in Dodge City for one year, then went to Pittsburgh State University where he received a degree in Education. He was the first in his family to receive a college degree.

After college, he was drafted into the Army and spent two years at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. After living in Kansas City, Dan moved to Denver, Colorado where he would settle and raise a family.

He worked at the Sears in Cherry Creek for 15 years, then went into the tire business. He owned an automotive repair shop on east Colfax Ave, Tune Tech Automotive, for 20 years.

Dedicated to charity work, Dan was active in the Kiwanis Club of Aurora for 40 years; involved in his parish at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church for 50 years; and a member at the American Legion Post 1 and the veterans honor society “The Forty and Eight”.

Dan was a proud and supportive father, husband, and grandfather; a hard worker; always ready to laugh and tell a joke; made friends wherever he went; enjoyed jazz, a beer, and good company. He had a good sense of humor and was a positive force in many people’s lives. His presence will be profoundly missed! We love you, a bushel and a peck, we do!!!

A Rosary Service will be held at 7:00pm, Thursday, June 6 at Horan and McConaty, 11150 East Dartmouth Ave at South Parker Rd.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am, Friday, June 7 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 2250 South Harrison St, Denver.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Kiwanis Club of Aurora Scholarship Fund
C/O Dave Heflin
P.O. Box 441774
Aurora, CO 80044
(Scholarship Fund)


Denver Hospice
(for more information, please see below)


Visitation: June 6, 2019 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Family Chapel

Rosary: June 6, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Family Chapel

Funeral Mass: June 7, 2019 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
2250 S Harrison St.
Denver, CO 80210

Reception: June 7, 2019 12:30 pm

Risen Christ Catholic Parish
3060 South Monaco Parkway
Denver, CO 80222


Room: Reception Hall

Graveside Service: June 10, 2019 9:15 am - 9:45 am

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

Room: Staging Area C

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Daniel "Dan" Schamberger's name.

Denver Hospice

8299 E. Lowry Boulevard
Denver, CO 80230
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Kiwanis Club of Aurora Scholarship Fund

c/o Dave Heflin P.O. Box 441774
Aurora, CO 80044

Memories Timeline


  1. What an amazing man! Always a smile on his face. If I had to describe him, I would say that he was just a pleasant, gracious human being. He was so easy to be around.
    He and Ronnie would hang a Christmas star on their house every year, and it became affectionately known as Amy’s Star because I could see it when I looked out our back windows. It wasn’t Christmas for me until the Shambergers hung “my star”!
    We will certainly miss our backdoor neighbor but know he is hanging a star in the heavens for all of us right now.
    Love you, Dan.
    Tom, Amy, Morgan & Tara Mulholland

  2. It was always a pleasure to see Dan when he came to Hays for home coming. He was one of the most pleasant people I ever met. He will be remembered in my nightly prayers

  3. Dan was a warm, gracious, and caring man who always had a smile on his face, and that smile could light up a room. Even when we would run into him at Kaiser while he was there for various tests and treatments in the last few years, he was always upbeat and positive. He loved people and was genuinely interested in how they were doing. Most of all, Dan loved his wonderful family. Carol and I both have many, many fond memories of good times with them at holiday meals, birthday celebrations, and summer barbecues. It is difficult to accept that he is really gone from this earth, but he will certainly live on in our hearts and minds. God bless him and his entire family.

  4. Dan and I met in the Army 60 years ago, became fast friends and maintained that relationship throughout all of the intervening years no matter the physical distance separating us. My late wife, Phyllis, also shared my affection for him even though we would see Dan sometimes only yearly. People were attracted to him because of his many positive characteristics the most outstanding of which was his genuine empathy for others. As others have observed he was a totally devoted husband, father and grandfather.

  5. I was an Army buddy of Dan’s in 1961 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Dan, Tom Kokesh and I became friends as we were all assigned to
    Replacement Company C at Fort Leonard Wood. After we were discharged from the Army, we went our separate ways. Upon relocating my
    family to Denver in the late 70’s, I met Dan in his automobile repair shop in Aurora, Colorado. What a coincidence! Dan organized a get-together
    with Tom Kokesh and myself to re-live our experiences in the Army and our lives afterwards. We continued to meet many times and enjoyed sharing
    a lot of memories! Dan was a good friend and I feel privileged to have known him. We, who knew Dan know how great your loss is!
    Norman Maki

  6. Uncle Danny was a wonderful Uncle. He was always such a kind and very funny to be around. He will be missed my many.

  7. Dan was a real gentleman. I co-owned the Big O tire store near Tune Tech and we would refer customers to each other.

  8. Robert & Jo Seib
    June 5th 2019
    I met Dan at Sears Cherry Creek. We were employees. The first time we met we shared who we were and where we came from. We discovered we shared the same culture. We both were raised in the wheat country of Kansas and our parents had immigrated from the Volga River region of Russia. At that moment our friendship was cemented.We both enjoyed the old German ways large families, big wedding dances and and polka fests. In the 57 years of friendship I cannot ever remember exchanging harsh words or having a hostile disagreement.
    Dan, ever the Gentleman, devout christian, family man and community supporter made life more enjoyable and better for everyone he met.

  9. We met Dan and Ronnie at Church. MPB, in late 1970s, and then watched our children grow, marry and give us wonderful grandchildren. Dan was a great friend and devote Catholic, Kiwanian, Veteran, and travel companion. We shared a trip to Normandy a few years ago and the 3 Veterans learned a lot and we became even closer friends. We will miss you Dan.
    Art and Sukie

  10. My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Daniel. May your treasured memories bring you joy, and may ‘the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort’ give you strength, along with a measure of peace for your grieving hearts at this most difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3

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