David Stanley Schiller

March 10, 1925 - January 7, 2022 Glen Mills, PA | Age 96 Loving Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and Friend.

David Stanley Schiller, age 96, of Glen Mills, PA, died on January 7, 2022.

David was born on March 10, 1925, in Mansfield, Ohio. He graduated in 1947 from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, with a degree in Mathematics and Physics, and in 1950 from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He launched his professional career as an Aeronautical Engineer, having worked for companies such as Boeing, North American Rockwell, Sikorsky Helicopter, and Piasecki Aircraft Corporation. In 1987, David retired from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission as the Director of Program Development.

It should come as no surprise that David followed his engineering passion and was a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. He enjoyed building model airplanes and, in his prime would lovingly build and name airplanes after his grandchildren.

An avid hunter and fisherman, David planned many family camping and canoeing trips and enjoyed outdoor adventures with his family of 10. As a scout leader, he was a proud member of the Boy Scouts for over 22 years overseeing Troop 474 in Columbus, Ohio, and Troop 31 in Chadds Ford, PA.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Stanley Charles and Marie (Bergman) Schiller; his siblings Elaine Voegele (Albert), Portia Pearl (Roger); his beloved wife of 48 years Nancy (Bullock) Schiller; and his grandson David Stanley Schiller II. He is survived by his loving children Colonel David P. Schiller, (Ret.), of Hampton, VA, Christina Holbert (William) of Blandon, PA, Susan Taylor of Dublin, PA, Katharine King (Robert) of Chadds Ford, PA, Patricia Erb (Alan) of Colden, NY, Mary Margaret Schiller (Robert Campbell) of Sunset Beach, NC, Stanley C. Schiller II of Phoenix, AZ, and Peter N. Schiller (MaryAnn) of Broomall, PA; and his
18 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to David’s Visitation on Friday, January 14, 2022, from
9:30 am-11:00 am at St. Cornelius Church, 160 Ridge Road, Chadds Ford, PA. Funeral Mass immediately following at 11:00 am. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Route 82, Kennett Square, PA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com
Arrangement by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA

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January 14, 2022 9:30-11:00 St. Cornelius Church,
160 Ridge Road
Chadds Ford, PA.

Funeral Mass

January 14, 2022 11:00 St. Cornelius Church
160 Ridge Road
Chadds Ford, PA.


January 14, 2022 St. Patrick Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Dear Schiller Family,

    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Having grown up across the street from your home, I have many fond memories of David doing things about the house and yard, often with an interesting tale about Scouting or other fun activities in the outdoors. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jack Shuttleworth | January 22, 2022 at 6:41 PM
  2. It was so good to see him at church not that long ago. I had not seen him in a long time. He put together a swing set I had bought for my children in our backyard. So grateful and never forgot that. Sorry I did not know of his passing. May he Rest In Peace with the Lord and my sympathy to the family. God bless

    Kathleen Howley | January 15, 2022 at 5:38 PM
  3. Kathy and Family, A beautiful service that captured father perfectly! I had written a message that for some reason was not recorded(probably due to my very limited technical abilities), so I am rewriting those thoughts. Your father was special to me and my son, Eric, for any number of reasons in Scouting. When we first got involved in Troop 31, I noticed that your father was considerably older than the other fathers and that his sons were long gone from the Troop. Yet your father was still very active. That spoke to me that Scouting must be something special. Two events involving your father I think about often. The first one was the ‘crossing over’ ceremony to Boy Scouts. Your father sent a flaming arrow across the lower field at Chadds Ford Elementary. What a moment that was, and the principal was somewhat shocked. The second event was a winter outing above Reading. Your father found a hatchet in the snow near the firepit. He showed it to my son who was very interested. Your father shined the hatchet up and presented it to my son three weeks later. You would have thought it was a bar of gold! That was your father. God bless. Bruce

    Bruce Swayze | January 14, 2022 at 1:12 PM
  4. So sorry to hear the news, Dave was my next door neighbor until he moved to Maris Grove. Dave was great when I needed an engineer Perspective on a certain project on my house. I will surly miss his funny stories and where to get a really good breakfast.
    Dave you are with your bride RIP

    John Bowers | January 13, 2022 at 10:57 AM
  5. Kaf and all the family. I will always remember the warm welcome I would receive from your Dad. He would greet me with a loud and happy “Cricket”! It is an end of an era, as we all watch our parents go to their eternal rest. Suddenly, we find ourselves being the “senior generation”. May we learn from our parents and may we find comfort from the Lord as we grieve. You are all in our prayers, blessings!
    Love, David and Cricket Heineman

    Cheryl Heineman | January 13, 2022 at 10:12 AM
  6. Mr. Schiller was a great friend and mentor in the Boy Scouts. He loved the wilderness areas of PA.

    Perry Mahaffy | January 11, 2022 at 6:36 PM
  7. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of our dad, Chris. We enjoyed reading more about his wonderful life and family and think of him every time we have the waffles he enjoyed from college. With all our love, Jim and Otis.

    Jim Holbert | January 11, 2022 at 2:54 PM
  8. As a former neighbor, I remember your Dad raising rabbits and helping catch one of ours that had ventured to his house! May you find comfort in remembering his legacy.

    Kim Mahaffy | January 11, 2022 at 12:28 PM
  9. Dear Katharine and Family – you have my condolences on the lost of your father. I know he will be missed. May the Heavenly Father comfort you and may Dave Rest In Peace.🌹

    Fran Miller (Retired)
    DVRPC Executive Secretary

    Frances Miller | January 11, 2022 at 11:28 AM
  10. So sorry to hear about your dad,Chris. Sounds like a great man. We know how much you cared for and loved your father. We wish him peace now and all of you too. Take care of yourselves.

    Roger and Pat | January 10, 2022 at 9:56 PM

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