Jim Schaben, Sr.
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Jim Schaben Sr., 87, of Dunlap passed away Saturday August 3, at Immanuel Hospital in Omaha, NE.
During WWII Jim entered the United States Marine Corp. After his honorable discharge he then attended the Reppert School of Auctioneering in Indiana. Jim married Ruth Schiltz on June 15, 1948. Jim and Ruth purchased the Dunlap Livestock Auction in 1950.
Jim was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and was a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus. In 1966 Jim was elected to the Iowa Senate where he served until 1974. That same year Jim won the primary election to represent the Democratic Party in the Iowa race for governor. Jim loved the land and his opportunity to conserve it. One of Jim's great joys in business was getting to work for four and five generational families in the livestock business. Additionally a passion he shared with Ruth was the horse racing industry.
Jim is survived by his wife, Ruth Schaben of Dunlap, IA; seven children, Jay (Karla) Schaben of Dunlap, IA, Jeri Schaben of Omaha, NE, Jim and Cindie Schaben of Dunlap, IA, Jack and Linda Schaben of Spirit Lake, IA, Joe and Beth Schaben of Dunlap, IA, Jean Garner of Phoenix, AZ, Jon and Julie Schaben of Dunlap, IA; sister, Jeane Evanoff of Moline, IL.
Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. all at St, Patrick's Parish Center in Dunlap. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dunlap.
Published in Des Moines Register on Aug. 6, 2013