Capt. David P. Schanen

May 18, 1980 ó Nov. 13, 2014

Captain David P. Schanen, of Milwaukee, formerly of Waukesha, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at the age of 34. He was born in Milwaukee on May 18, 1980, the son of Paul and Christine (nee Casey) Schanen. David was a 1998 graduate of Waukesha North High School and attended St. William Catholic Church. He attended the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater and continued on to receive a degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006. For over a decade, David worked as a computer programmer with the Cloud Research Group in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at UW-Milwaukee, helping to perfect their atmospheric modeling software. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was currently a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Unit based in Milwaukee. In his spare time, David enjoyed reading, studying philosophy and Kendo and gaming. David loved the outdoors, especially biking and fishing but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. One of Davidís favorite authors, Umberto Eco, once wrote, ďAbsence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big.Ē A gentle, kind-hearted, highly intelligent and witty person, Davidís absence will fan an eternal flame for all who knew and loved him.

He will be sadly missed by his parents, Paul (Olivia) Schanen of Waukesha and Christine (Patrick) Dwyer of Baraboo; his sister, Lisa (John) Spady of Tenafly, N.J.; his brother, Mark (Jennifer Kogler) Schanen of Brookfield; his nephews Oliver and Spencer Spady; and a large, extended family of other loving Schanen and Casey relatives.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the 6:00 p.m. funeral Mass at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. Curt Frederick will preside. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at St. Joseph Cemetery, Waukesha.

Memorials in Davidís name are appreciated to the VFW Soat-Vergenz Post 721, P.O. Box 721, Waukesha, WI 53187-0721. Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.