Al Schultz

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A funeral service for Al Schultz, 84, of Milford was held Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Milford. Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery in Milford.

Aloysius (Al) Schultz was born April 1, 1927, in Wells, Minn., the son of Benjamin and Julia (Stenzel) Schultz. He attended St. Casimir Catholic School in Wells. In 1944, Al was enlisted into the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1948.

On April 10, 1951, Al was united in marriage to Mary Ann Nichols in Wells. Al worked for Berkley & Company as a supervisor for twenty-eight years until his retirement in 1991. They lived in Milford for 56 years before recently moving to the Highlands in Spencer.

He was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Iowa Railroad Historical Society and the North American Railcar Operators Association.

Al enjoyed many varied hobbies and interests including his antique engines and threshing machines. He had a great passion for anything to do with the railroad. Through the many years he was involved with the American Hand Car Association. He enjoyed the trips he took on his handcar with this group.

Al and Mary found great pleasure in taking trips all over the country on their motorcycle. Because of his love of travel, many wonderful family memories were created for his children. He was an avid pool player and won many tournaments. Not only did Al love his four children and grandchildren but he also had a great passion for animals, bringing strays home throughout the years and this too was passed onto his children. He especially enjoyed the companionship from "Buddy", his pet cockatiel, for the last twelve years. All who knew him will remember and cherish his wonderful wit and humor. Everyone can take a lesson from Al and find the humor in life.

Al passed away Aug. 5, 2011, at St. Lukes Nursing Home in Spencer, Ia. at 84 years of age.

Al is survived by his wife, Mary Schultz; sister, Pauline "Boots" Johnston of Vista, Calif.; daughters: Janice (Tim) Edmondson of Spencer, Ia., Julie Buhrow (Phil Mariage) of Hot Springs, Ark. and Jean (Chris) Mugge, of Spencer, Ia.; son, James (Andrea) Schultz of Hot Springs, Ark.; granddaughters: Brooke Brown of Hot Springs, Ark. and Megan (Daniel) Kelsey of Little Rock, Ark.; great-granddaughters: Faith and Emma Brown; nieces and nephews and his beloved cockatiel, "Buddy."

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Helen Atkinson and Adeline Schultz; brother, Art Schultz; nephew, John Johnston.

Turner Jenness Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at