Adam David Schwab, 33, died late Tuesday afternoon, February 16, 2016 at the University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.Adam was born on April 12, 1982 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the son of Dave and Tori Schwab. Adam was born a few weeks late and kept everyone on their toes. He was a very happy baby; his smile and baby blue eyes made everyone's day. He was"a very social, happy kid, sometimes a little to social" according to his grade school teachers.
One of Adam's happiest childhood days was when his little sister, Alta, was born in 1990 and, in his words, he was "No longer single". That started a close bond that continued for the rest of his life. He groomed her to love his Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel comics, and they could spend hours discussing the finer points of the Shire and the theology of the rainbow bridge of Asgard. He also had a strong influence on her spiritual life, and when she was 11, he baptized her into the family of Christ at her request.
Adam loved attending Iowa Hawkeye games in 1989 when the family invested in season tickets and continued to attend for 25 years. As Adam moved to junior high, he joined the world of competitive sports. Adam's love for sports came through in every football and basketball game he played. He was a huge sports enthusiast at Dike-New Hartford High School even dressing up and painting himself for games. He also began to shine as a performer; from choir to musicals and plays to speech teams. Adam had many solos in his performing career with a memorable one his senior year, Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton. He was on homecoming court his senior year, voted most likely to get married first and most popular in his graduating class, and was chosen as one of the commencement speakers for the Dike-New Hartford class of 2001.
Adam was active in the Parkersburg Calvary Baptist Church and New Hartford 1st Baptist Church, accepting Jesus Christ at the age of 10, and was baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in June1992. He began attending Cedar Falls Church of Christ where he met his future wife, Emily, in high school. He was an active participant in youth group while in school and as a sponsor while his sister was in school. He was on the board of directors for the Christian Dominican Evangelical Mission after attending numerous mission trips there and was an active member of CFCC where he ran the sound board, volunteered in the nursery, and sang on the worship team and led the softball team for years.
After graduation, Adam attended Hawkeye Community College for 1 year before fulfilling his dream of attending the University of Iowa for a semester. He was a true Hawkeye fan, attending the games of his beloved team as a student at U of I.
Adam worked part-time at the family business for many years and moved to full-time after college as the purchasing and scheduling manager. He also worked for the Waterloo Courier Sports department for a time in college and after he was married.
Travel was an important part of Adam's life starting at 4 months of age when he attended the World's Fair. His travels ranged from Canada, Hawaii, Florida, Yellowstone, Washington D.C., and NYC to multiple European countries. In 1996 he fulfilled another dream of attending the Olympics in Atlanta. He attended the World Series with his dad when the St. Louis Cardinals competed as well as many Iowa Hawkeye Bowl games. He also was given the honor along with his grandfather, Victor Junker, to cruise on the USS Enterprise.
Adam enjoyed spending time with his family, and he had special activities with each family member. Hunting, Hawkeye games, and tailgating were favorite pastimes with his dad. He and his mom had many similar interests and enjoyed in depth discussions about those interests as well as attending concerts; they attended Weird Al together last August, someone he had wanted to see for years. He also had special relationships with many of his cousins and friends.
In August of 2008, Adam went on a mission trip to Dominican Republic where he finally got up the nerve to ask Emily Jo Platt out on a date. He surprised Emily on her family cruise in March 2009 and proposed to her on formal night (after they both had been toasted in the sun). On October 24, 2009, Adam began the adventure of his life when he married Emily at Cedar Falls Church of Christ followed by honeymooning in Colorado Spring before settling in New Harford. Adam and Emily went to Alaska, Wisconsin Dells, Vegas and many mini adventures around Iowa. They enjoyed watching movies both at home and in theaters, many times with Adam's sister, Alta. They put their touch on their home by doing lots of projects around the house. After a while, Adam converted Emily into a sports fan with ESPN alerts on her phone and all.
On March 24, 2014, Gabriel Larry Schwab made his grand entrance into the world at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa. Adam had always wanted to be a father, and fatherhood suited him perfectly. He loved to read to Gabe, play on the floor with him, spend time in the pool with him, and play with Gabe's new basketball hoop that Adam gave him on his last Christmas. The three of them went to Florida often with his family. Adam was incredibly happy as a dad and husband.
He is survived by his wife of 6 1/2 years, Emily; his son Gabriel; his mother and father, David and Victoria Schwab; his sister, Alta Schwab; his grandparents Victor and Cathie Junker and Alice Schwab; his mother and father-in-law Dennis and Carla Platt; and his sister-in-law, Stephanie Liston as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and very close friends.
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