Kaleb Schwamberger

May 20, 1991 ‒ May 28, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: “It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars” (Richard Evans).  In the midst of his personal battles, perhaps insecurities, and even struggles with addiction, Kaleb Schwamberger shined as a brilliant star.  On Thursday May 28th, just eight days after his 29th birthday, Kaleb lost his long battle with addiction, but not without a fight. Even in such a short lifetime, Kaleb’s loving character has left a resounding impact on his family and friends.

Kaleb was a 2009 graduate from Madison High School and received his cosmetology license from The Aveda Institute in Columbus. Most of his life he lived and worked in Mansfield. The past few years he lived and worked in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where his recovery family supported him and where he had made many lasting friendships. He was a truly gifted individual.

As we all have our own struggles, Kaleb’s struggle was drug addiction.  He was open and honest and fought so hard to overcome this struggle.  This was no secret to his family and friends who, in return, always supported and loved Kaleb unconditionally. For anyone that has lost a loved one to addiction or who has a loved one that is struggling with addiction knows what a constant uphill battle it is. The disease of addiction consumes their mind, their thoughts and their actions. Kaleb should be remembered as the talented, funny, social, handsome, artistic, free spirited and loving person that he was. That was the “real” Kaleb. From a young age, Kaleb has always been naturally creative in self-expression through music and art.  Anyone that knew Kaleb, knew that music was his life. He thoroughly enjoyed concerts. He was a self-taught piano player. He found peace and comfort in playing the piano, exploring nature and astrology as well as photography. He was a true kid at heart and liked Pokémon, Harry Potter, LEGOS and playing video games. He was a huge fan of Game of Thrones. His smile, gorgeous big blue eyes and laugh lit up a room. More than his interests and hobbies, Kaleb invested in others.  He was happiest bringing joy to others and being accompanied by his family and friends, many of which were like his family. The daily battle between the sober and happy person he so badly wanted to be again and the addiction that consumed his life is over.

One of his closest friends, Eric Lloyd, shared the following profound thoughts.

“Is there any greater tragedy that can be found than when someone whose beauty shines like the sun is hidden by the darkness of their own insecurities and fears? Kaleb stood as a beacon of light in a sea of darkness. Though he was plagued by insecurity and fears around his own value, there was no doubt that the joy and love that he brought into this world is rarely found. No matter where Kaleb went, he would try to help to lift others up and never gave up on trying to find his own light. I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that given the opportunity, Kaleb would have become one of the more selfless and amazing men I have ever met. His struggle with his own self-doubt held him back and that beautiful potential got extinguished before he could manifest it for us to see. But I saw it and I know so many others did every time he would smile or offer his kind-hearted help and love to those in need.  I have seen many tragedies in my life as I have been through much but the tragedy of not letting this beautiful soul become everything he could be strikes me most profound. It is important in this time that we take a step back and take what he has given us – the lesson he has shown us so that we will not make the same mistakes. Overcoming addiction requires surrendering completely to a new way of life and while Kaleb never got to the point of being able to do that, I know he is hoping his sacrifice will help others find their way to the light out of the darkness.”

Kaleb is survived by his mother Anita Sutherland and father Timothy Schwamberger; siblings Krystal Sutherland, Dekota Schwamberger, Paige Eldridge, and Kamden Sutherland; niece Mora Sutherland; as well as loving grandparents, aunts, an uncle, cousins and extended family members.

Public visitation will be held Saturday, June 6, 2020 from 12pm-3pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Reduced occupancy limits will be observed.  Private funeral services will follow this Saturday’s visitation.  Pastor Terry Garrett will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Snyder Funeral Homes, to assist his family with funeral expenses.  Please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Homes.



  • Kaleb you were the sweetest baby,kids and adult! I remember what a sweet and loving soul you were from the time you were born. I was truly blessed and will forever be proud to call you my nephew! You may be lost but will NEVER be forgotten! With love ALWAYS Aunt Karen, Christian & Faith!

  • Anita , Timmy and family , I send my deepest of condolences. Many thoughts , hugs and prayers for you all .

  • Anita and family i am so sorry u are having to go thru this difficult time I will keep u in my prayers the loss of a child is a hard thing to deal with prayers

  • Anita Im so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. Thinking of you Sherry Brady Workman

  • Anita and family, My heart broke and still does to hear of Kaleb’s passing. As a mother myself I just couldn’t imagine. So many are hurting and praying for you and your family. You Anita are a great mother to your children and you gave Kaleb nothing but love and support throughout hon. Your children are truly blessed to have you. Again I am so so sorry for what you all are going through. Much love always! Tammy Warner

  • Timmy and family we are so very sorry for your loss. We love ya buddy… our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Addiction is a powerful force..it does control your mind and actions and no matter how much you’re loved by those around you, it takes precedence. It is self medicating, when no one knows behind your smile, laugh, jokes, that every morning is a constant struggle to pretend to be what everyone else wants or expects you to be…it’s no ones fault, it’s not your fault, sometimes it’s just how the terrible story goes…I’m so very sorry to hear this, it is tragic and unfair…but just maybe, this will help someone else with their battle…you are all in my thoughts and prayers….

  • Timmy and family,
    I’m SO, SO sorry! Sharing in your sadness at this difficult time! Thoughts, prayers and hugs to all!

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. I knew Kaleb from high school and he was the nicest person to everyone and I don’t say that lightly. All I have are positive things to say about Kaleb. May he Rest In Peace.

  • I am so happy to have known you. You were and will always be a ray of sunshine in every life the has had the pleasure of simply seeing you smile. I love you so much and may you rest peacefully my friend. My condolences and prayers are with your family. I love you today, tomorrow, & forever.

  • Anita and family. I am so very sorry for your loss.My deepest condolences to all of you.I will keep you in my thoughts. Love, Kelly Dickerson

  • Timmy and family so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • My condolences to Kaleb’s friends and Family. I first met Kaleb in middle school. He was in my social studies class and his desk was right in front of mine. He always wore this orange aeropostale outfit and was the friendliest person I ever met. I remember we both had pet turtles and we would talk about them in class. I started homeschooling after my mom died but I kept in touch with him and have many fond memories of us as teenagers. I am deeply saddened to see such a wonderful soul leave this earth so soon but I hope that everyone who loves Kaleb knows that he touched many peoples lives and hearts in big ways. Prayers to everyone in this heartbreaking situation.

  • Tim, Sending sincere condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time….. I’m so sorry

  • Dekota and Anita,
    I am heartbroken to hear of your loss of your dear son and brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. God bless you all!

  • Anita , Timmy, and family
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Rhonda Shaffer

  • Anita, Dekota and family, I am so sorry for your loss, I am thinking and praying for you all.

  • Anita, Dekota, and family, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I hope you find peace and keep close to you all of the positive memories you have of him. My thoughts are with you during this time.

  • To Kalebs Family & Friends:
    May time heal your hearts and the memories of Kaleb comfort your sole.
    With my very deepest sympathy … LouAnne

  • Anita i am so sorry to hear of Kalebs passing. I got the chance to meet him, spoke with him about cutting and dying my hair. Such a sweet and wholesome young man. I am truly sorry my sister. I am praying for the whole family. Love you

  • Anita my heart is breaking for you. Kaleb was always such a sweet young man. I still can’t believe this is real. He is going to be missed by all who loved him. I pray for your comfort at this time.

  • Love you buddy. “Recovery didn’t open up the gates of heaven and let me in, Recovery opened up the gates of Hell, and let me out!”.

  • Timmy & Family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I understand your pain as I lost my dear daughter 2yrs ago this month. There is no greater pain than to lose a child. There are no words of comfort to lessen the pain today, tomorrow or the years to come. May your very special memories and God’s love surround you during the difficult days ahead. By his picture I can see how very handsome he is and that he would light up a room with those eyes and infectious smile of his.
    Thinking of you and remembering you in prayer, God Bless…
    Cindy Van Wagner-Alt

  • Annita and family…..I will be praying for and thinking of all of those touched by Kaleb. Rhonda Reeder Phillips.

  • I only knew him for a short period of time but he was an amazing person and loving human being. He always seemed happy and full of life. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing and I send much love and my condolences to his family and freinds. May he shine bright up above.

  • I am heartbroken knowing that Kaleb is gone. I thought he was smart and kind when we first met, but came to learn that there was something special about him on a profound level….i wish I could’ve seen him once more. Tim and family,, I am so sorry for your loss, words cannot begin to express that.

  • I do not know Kaleb or his family but I’ve lost a daughter to addiction, so SADLY I can say I no what ur going through. I just wanted to say how beautiful and truthful this was written. There are no words, take one day at a time. My heart goes out to ur family and many Prayers.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the entire Schwamberger family during this very difficult time.

  • Tim and Anita, I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Kaleb was a precious child and will be missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends.

  • I only knew Kaleb for a short time, but recognized what a sweet soul he was. I hope he has finally found peace. Prayers to his family.

  • My ❤ is broken it was to be me an you in the end. Of all this madness i don’t know how to feel but i will miss you.

  • You were the most adorable little boy when i use to babysit and became a great cosmetologist and nice young man. You always lit up any room you were in. Much luv rip…

  • To the whole family, I am so sorry for this sadness my prayers are for all of you ❤ “Miss Kimmie” Kim Glavic

  • I went to Madison Comprehensive Highschool with Caleb and he was in my senior year Design class with Mr. Logan. I can’t say that we were specifically friends but Kaleb was one of those people that I always really liked and remembered when I thought back on my days in high school. He was always nice and easy to talk to, and not in that cheesy way that people mean when they talk about someone who was nice. Kaleb had a glorious beard and I always let him know it.

    I see how his life is gone and I wish I’d had gotten to know him better and have been better friends with him. I’m sorry to learn that he struggled all these years with addiction but from the words of others here, his strength of character and kindness always shined through.

    I’m so sorry for the loss to his family. I wish there were words of comfort that could be better given than what I’ve talked about here. Kaleb was truly someone I’m sad to see gone but he’s clearly left behind a great deal of love and companionship valued deeply by his friends and loved ones.

  • We are so sorry to read about your loss and we DO know what you are going thru because we lost our daughter 3 years ago to an addiction problem. The pain is great but we know that she and now Kaleb are in the arms of our Loving Savior without any struggles. God bless your family.

  • I already miss your smile and your amazing talents you gave me so much whenever I saw you I know you will definitely be flying higher than anything and I know that whenever I need you I know I can talk to you and I know you will be listening I luv you so much buddy and I know one day I will definitely be flying alongside you God bless you for all the thing you did for me and see you later 💋❤️💋

  • I’m at a loss for words I just found out almost a month later. I’m so sorry for the loss of keleb and prayers to his family.