William “Bill” Schultz, 73, has gone to be at peace with the Lord. On March 14th
, 2014, Bill passed peacefully with his family by his side. William Edward Schultz was born to Gertrude (Scarr) and Arthur Schultz on August 15th
, 1940 in Little Falls, MN. He graduated from Little Falls High School in 1958. Following High School, he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed on the USS Saratoga in the Mediterranean Sea.
When he returned from service in 1962, he spent time working at Crestliner and Larson Boats in Little Falls. In 1969, he moved to Moorhead, MN and began working at Silverline. He later worked at GNC, Portland Food Products, and Webb Industries until he retired in 2008. After he retired, he worked part-time at Lunde Automotive.
In 1974, he married Rachel Greer in Dickey, ND. Together, they had two daughters, Roberta and Katie. Bill spent his life making those around him laugh. He was blessed with a quick wit and rarely let the opportunity to tell a joke pass him by. It was important to him to make everyone feel welcome and wanted all to be included. He was always generous with his love and his time. He was a second father to many of his daughters’ friends and always provided a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. Bill had such a kind heart and found joy in so many things.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He made many trips to Northern Minnesota and Canada with his friends. In 1978, Bill and Rachel purchased a lake cabin on Big Cormorant Lake near Detroit Lakes, MN. This cabin provided much joy and many memories for Bill, his friends, and his family. He spent much of his time during the summer months chasing down turtles, untangling fishing lines, and driving the boat to keep everyone entertained. Occasionally he would grumble about mowing the lawn and maintaining the “work farm”, but he continued to do it because he knew how much it meant to his girls.
Bill was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He served on the church council and regularly worked in the welcome center. Bill took communion to members of the church who were not able to attend services. He was a lung cancer survivor of nearly 11 years and attended a weekly cancer support group where he made many friends who faced similar health challenges. He maintained close friendships with his former classmates and loved to help when it came time to organize a class reunion.
Bill’s greatest joys were his grandchildren, Emma (11), Will (4), and Kendall (2). He would have done anything for them if they would have asked. All too frequently, he was caught sneaking them something that was “off limits”. The kids were Papa’s world. Everywhere he went, everyone he talked to, he spoke of the kids and what he had planned for them next. He went to great lengths to make them happy. The kids were a part of everything he did. He wanted to spend as much time with them as he possibly could. Although he will not be here, Papa will always be a part of them and we will be sure that he lives on in their memories.
Bill is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rachel. Daughters, Roberta (Chris) Rieger, Walcott, ND, and Katie Schultz, Fridley MN. Grandchildren Emma, Will, and Kendall. Sister Joanne Nelson, Little Falls, MN and Brother Richard (Lila) Schultz, St. Cloud MN. Brother-in-law, Daniel (Karen) Kedrowski of McKinley MN. Many nieces and nephews who he loved as his own children.
He is preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Gertrude (Scarr) Schultz, Sister Karen Kedrowski, Brother-in-law, Dale Nelson, Brother-in-law Harold Greer, and Nephew Cory Kedrowski.
Bill will be greatly missed by all who knew him and we are deeply saddened that his grandchildren will not have the opportunity to know what a beautiful man he truly was. I love you, Bill. We love you, Dad. We love you Papa. We love you Uncle Bill. We love you dear friend. Spread your “big wings” and watch over us.
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