NEWARK, Ohio – A celebration of life for David S. Schnaidt, 42, of Granville, Ohio, will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 7 p.m., at the Vineyard Grace Fellowship, 4905 Jacksontown Road, Newark, with Pastor John Schouten as celebrant. A private graveside service will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newark.
David, co-owner of the Apple Tree Auction Center in Newark, died September 1, 2013 at his home, surrounded by family and friends, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May 5, 1971 to Samuel L. and Heidi R. (Borroway) Schnaidt.
A graduate of Granville High School, David furthered his education at Hope College earning a B.A. in communications and most importantly, meeting the love of his life, Becky. An internship at Campbell’s Soup solidified his love of sales and marketing; and with his soon-to-be-wife’s encouragement, they returned to Granville to join his parents, Sam and Heidi, in their family business.
Dave poured himself into Apple Tree with his motivation, innovation, and big personality, causing the business to flourish. As Dave introduced the Internet to Apple Tree Auction, it grew larger than the Newark-Columbus area, becoming a national/international presence. In 2009, Apple Tree’s walls had to expand to accommodate, resulting in a beautiful new building of which David was very proud. In fact as the business continues to expand, a renovation of the old building is taking place, a tribute to all the major contributions Dave brought to Apple Tree.
David was a member of Vineyard Grace Fellowship. He was appointed to the State of Ohio Auction Commission in 2005 and served as chairman in 2007, 2009, and 2013. David believed strongly in helping others, serving in his church, participating in two mission trips to Haiti and this year founding the Spokesmen for a Cure Pelotonia team. David was an absolute blessing and inspired the lives of many, even those who never met him. Above all, David was a committed husband and father. Second only to his love for the Lord, David consistently made his family his top priority, never missing any of his children’s sporting events, concerts or activites, and devoting himself to Becky.
In addition to his parents, David is survived by his wife, Rebecca L. (Koops) Schnaidt; daughters Madeline and Gabriella Schnaidt; son Calvin Schnaidt, sister Debbie Schnaidt Allen and her husband, Tom, of Granville; grandmother Maria M. Borroway of Heath, Ohio; mother and father-in-law, Earl and Charlotte Koops of the Carolinas, brother-in-law Matt Koops and his wife Brooke of Rochester, Mich.; nieces and nephews; and special friends Kevin and April Kale, and Kevin and Bobbi Jo Finley.
The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church from 3:30 to 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday. Arrangements are in the care of McPeek-Hoekstra Funeral Home in Granville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcpeekhoekstra.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory may be made to Heartbeats, 336 E. Main St., Newark, OH 43055.
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