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“Caleb contacted me through friendster one night when he was in Michigan. I guess he was bored and he saw I lived nearby, so he just struck up a...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Lauren Briner - South Bend, IN

“Caleb was one of the most fiery, unique individuals I've ever known. We were friends and wrote for the Univ. of Washington paper, the Daily,...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Nova Reeves - Oakland, CA

“Schaber, when I heard the news I fell apart. The world is less one bright and glorious person now that you are no longer in it. But you are still...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Dan - Friend

“I regret not getting to know you better Caleb. Peace Man. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Howard Jones - Hercules, CA

“Sometimes the wheel is reinvented, sometimes a wheel is not a wheel at all. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Michael - Seattle, WA

“I am devestated by this news. I feel like I will never get over the loss of Caleb but am lucky to have known him and have the memories of him to...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Andrea Dahlke - Saint Joseph, MI

“Ken,Words cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your beloved son. Although I will not be able to come to the memorial service, my thoughts...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Wendy Cleworth - St. Joseph, MI

“The loss of you in my life has left me incomplete. I will always look back at our years as roomates as the years that made me who I am today.rest in...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Jason Henrickson - seattle, WA

“Our prayers are with you during this very heartbreaking time, Ken. And our prayers also ask that Caleb may be at peace. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Don & Jean Broholm - Watervliet, MI

“Although I did not know you, Caleb, I'm sure we encountered each other on the playa.From another fellow Burner from SW Michigan, I wish you peace. ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Michael Williams - Portland, OR

“Caleb and I met in 2001 picking up garbage on the 80 Acres Ranch. He found out I'd made Working for the Man, a DPW doc video he loved, and shortly...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Q.G. - Oakland, CA

“My thoughts are with you Ken and I will miss Caleb. I am wearing his purple sweater in my junior year school photo...20 year ago. It appropriately...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Victoria Neely

“Ken-We are heartbroken over Caleb's death. You have our sincere, heartfelt condolences. We know how very much you loved your son. We shall keep you...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Mary J. & John Lindenmayer - MI

“"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed."Caleb transformed...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Deb Prothero - St. Thomas


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Caleb David Schaber was born March 23, 1973 in Niles, Michigan, and he passed away in Gerlach, Nevada April 17, 2009.  

Caleb lived in Benton Harbor until 1985; he attended school at the Gifted and Talented Academy in Fairplain.  After attending the Buchanan School System through 1989, Caleb enrolled at Lake Michigan College when he was sixteen years old.   Caleb graduated Lake Michigan College in 1991 and, he then transferred to the University of Washington in Seattle.  Caleb graduated from the University of Washington in 2003, with an anthropology major and a minor in art. January 1, 2001 Caleb became known as "the monolith man" when he created a copy Kubrick's monolith in the film "Space Odyssey 2001" and Caleb's monolith suddenly appeared in a Seattle Public Park in 2001; articles and photos were internationally published of Caleb and his monolith.  Most recently, Caleb was working on finalizing a book that he was writing about the previous two years that he had spent in Afghanistan and the Iraq war.  Part of the past two years, Caleb had been embedded with the Nevada National Guard.  All during this time, Caleb continued with his passion for painting portrait studies, writing blogs, and creating videos.  Over the past ten years Caleb was an active member of the "Burning Man" group of international artists that gather annually at the end of August, in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada to celebrate a ritual of renewal through artistic expression.  

Caleb is survived by his father Ken Schaber, his mother Julie Hurst, his Aunt Wanda Middlebrook, and his Uncle Charles.  An informal gathering to remember Caleb's life will be held on May 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Swem Funeral Home, Buchanan.  A Scholarship in Caleb's name for study in the Visual Arts is being established at Lake Michigan College.  Donations for this LMC scholarship in art may be sent to Mr. Ken Schaber, 3457 Little Glendora Rd., Buchanan, MI, 49107.  Friends may visit the online guestbook at www.swemfuneralhome.com.

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