David J. Schorbahn, 77 of Independence passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in rural Whitehall.
David was born on May 25, 1942 to Elmer and Julia (Gierok) Schorbahn in Trempeauleau County,
Wisconsin. He married Kay Larson on November 29, 1969 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in
Independence. He enjoyed pitching horseshoe, playing cards, deer hunting, and spending time with his
grandchildren. He owned and operated his own metal recycling company but always had time for a
game of cribbage, a Pepsi, and a chew of Copenhagen.
David is survived by his wife, Kay Schorbahn of Independence, WI; daughters Melody Schorbahn of
Ettrick, WI and Michele Schorbahn of St. Paul, MN; grandchildren, Keegan and Gunnar of Ettrick, WI;
grand puppies, Willa, Lily, and Charlotte; siblings, Charlie, Darlene, Ernie, Mary, Francis and Adolph Jr.
(Darlene); niece and Godchild, Julie; and many other nieces, nephews, and relatives.
David was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Schorbahn; mother, Julia Thoma; stepfather, Adolph
Thoma Sr.; sister, Betty Jane; and brother-in-law, Martin Mish.
Memorial service will be Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Strum,
Wisconsin with Pastor Valerian Ahles. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on


  1. Dear Kay and family,
    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers that you Will eventually find peace and hugs to console you!

  2. Dear Kay and girls, Sending my deepest sympathy. Dave will surely be missed. Independence has lost a good guy. Prayers for your family.

  3. I’m new to the horseshoe family. Sorry i never had the chance to meet David… 1 thing i know is that the whole horseshe family has taken a loss..
    I can feel it throu all my friends…. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family…….

  4. Dave was a nice man . I remember him at Adolfs years ago and now my dad Leroy Haug and Dave ate breakfast together at Sherrys . My Dad was wondering why Dave didn’t come for breakfast the next day. My Dad will miss him !

  5. Kay, melody and Michelle , our deepest sympathy during this time of sorrow . Your husband/dad was a well know businessman in the community . May you find peace as the community surrounds you . You are in our thoughts and prayers .

  6. Our sympathies to your family. A tragic loss for you. Remembering the good times will help your feeling of sorrow. God Bless. Randy and Mary Gunderson

  7. to Dave’s family, I’m so sorry for your loss. . I met Dave many years ago through my job at Titan airIn Osseo. Myself and all the employees always look forward to seeing Dave, once a week to pick up our scrap iron. He always had something to say to everybody that would put a smile on their face, weather it was joking about making a mistake and he got to pick up extra metal so he could retire early,Or a quick conversation about sports no matter what the season. If you were really lucky he told you an Ole and Lena joke .We will sure miss his visits to our shop. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  8. Our condolences to Dave’s family!!
    Always enjoyed seeing & talking with Dave at horseshoe tournaments over the years!!
    RIP Dave!!

  9. Sending my condolences to family & friends and wishing them many pleasant memories of such a loving & kind person. I remember him when I was just a young child and he was always so polite & kind with a smile on his face. My parents always spoke kindly of him as well. This world was blessed to have such a caring & kind person here. He will be greatly missed by many people in the community and surrounding areas. I will always remember his kindness and his wonderful personality since he was able to make people laugh & smile by just being himself and that’s a great character quality to have and to be remembered by.

  10. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of David. He was a special person and classmate.

  11. Steve and I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during these hard times.

  12. Sorry for your tragic loss. Dave was a very kind man. The kids loved him as a bus driver. Prayers for you and your family.

  13. I will forever be grateful for the fond childhood memories of spending time with Uncle Dave and my “Cocoa Kay Kay.”

    As an adult, I know Dave to be an awesome Dad and Grandpa and my heart is breaking for Kay, the girls and the grandkids. My love to all of you as you grieve his sudden loss.

  14. Kay and family I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m going to miss shooting the bull with him when I would bring my scrap metal inn to him. Everytime that I would bring my son Aiden with me David would all ways offer him a pop. I am vary fond of Dave he gave me my first sets of horse shoes. I tried to give him money for them but he wouldn’t take it. He said just keep playing it’s a tradition that is dieing. I will miss our visits and his couching with shoes. Always willing to help me weather we were on the same team our not. I’m going to miss him alot. A great man! Your in my thoughts and prayers! Rest in peace Dave!

  15. I am so sorry to read about your husband’s tragic death. Take care, God is with you. Love, Marty and Lyle Schmidt

  16. Kay, so very sorry for the loss of Dave. I remember so vividly how crazy you were about him when we roomed together, many years ago. Please know that Dave, you, and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Memories will help you through this.

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