John Schaben, 70, died surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Waddell Ariz., of cancer.

Schaben was born Sept. 17, 1941 in Carroll, a son of John and Henrietta Schaben.

He spent his first part of his life in Carroll and graduated in 1960 from Carroll High School where he lettered and medaled in all sports.

He was named athlete of the year and also glamor guy of the year.

In 1961 he joined the U.S. Air Force and retired in 1983.

On Sept. 23, 1963 he married Sally Hilding in Omaha, Neb.

Schaben loved spending time with his wife, children and family and enjoyed traveling, playing golf and reading.

Survivors include his wife Sally Schaben of Waddell; his children Steve (Barb) Schaben and Stacy (Scott) Obal; grandchildren; three sisters Marcai (Ronald) Simone of Illinois, Sharon Booker of Iowa City, Roberta Kokenge of Carroll and his mother-in-law Jean Hilding of Wisconsin.

He was preceeded in death by his parents John and Henrietta Schaben; his sister and brother-in-law Janet and Robert Merritt, brother-in-law Kenny Kokenge and his father-in-law Robert Hilding.

Cards can be sent to Sally Schaben, 18167 West Vogel Ave., Waddell, Ariz. 85355.