Sam Schwab


    U.S. veteran Sam Schwab, 92, of Wheat Ridge and formerly of Brighton, died Jan. 25, 2010, at his home.

    He was born July 13, 1917, in Eaton, to Jacob and Elizabeth Schwab. The family later moved to Brighton where they lived on the family farm, which is now Van Aire Estates. Sam Schwab served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and left the service as a staff sergeant. He returned to the area, purchased land three miles east of Brighton on state Highway 7. He sold this property in 2005 and moved to his other home in Wheat Ridge where he and his wife, Brenda, lived for 29 ½ years.

    Sam was active in the Adams County Sheriff’s Posse, the Adams County Fair board and Brighton City Council and barbered in his shop, The Thornton Barber Shop, for 50 years before he retired at the age of 80.

    Survivors include his wife, of Wheat Ridge; brother, William (Helen) Schwab, of Brighton; sisters, Ruth (Herb) Wanke and Irene Golder, of Montana; two daughters, Sandy (Dale) Purdy, of Agate and Jan Miles, of Brighton; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins in Germany.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ben, Carl and Herman Schwab; and sisters, Marie Bernhardt and Elizabeth White.

    Funeral services are pending.

    Newcomer Funeral Home in Lakewood is handling arrangements.


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