Howard Charles Schultz, age 79, of Montrose, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at Park View Care Center in Buffalo after having been a resident there for the past five and one-half years.
He was born at home in Buffalo Township, near the present site of the Buffalo Hospital, Oct. 19, 1929.
Howard was of German and Swedish decent. His mother, C. Melinda Hagstrom, and his father, Clarence Schultz, were dairy farmers. In 1934, they moved near Montrose, in Franklin Township.
Howard was confirmed by the Rev. N. William Anderson at Carlslund Evangelical Lutheran Church (now Zion Lutheran Church) May 28, 1944. His favorite Bible passages were John 12 and John 15:7. His favorite hymns were “Amazing Grace and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.”
Howard grew up with an older brother and sister, twins Arvin and Ardis. He remembered the days before they had indoor plumbing, when they had to pump the water. Without electricity, they had to use kerosene lamps at night, and they spent many hours listening to the radio in the days before television.
His favorite pet was a bulldog named Ted.
His favorite teacher at Montrose Elementary School was Evelyn Hayes, the nice lady who taught him in grades one through three. Howard graduated from Buffalo High School in 1947.
He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953, at Fort Knox and also in Berlin, Germany. He was a corporal, assigned to guard Alger Hiss, a spy for the German Army.
In 1953, Howard joined VFW Post 1901, where he marched and led color guards for parades, military funerals, and Memorial Day services. He served as commander for two years.
Howard married RoseMary Chevalier Oct. 8, 1960, at the Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Howard and RoseMary raised their four children on a dairy farm.
Howard’s hobby was raising 2,000-pound Belgian horses. He gave hay rides and sleigh rides on his farm, and with Santa at the VFW. Howard plowed his fields with teams of horses, and enjoyed exhibiting them at fairs, plowing contests, and in parades. He pulled the horse-drawn water wagon for threshing bees for a number of years.
In 1977, he purchased his dad’s farm. In 1995, he sold the Jerseys and began raising beef cattle.
Howard built the pioneer kitchen for the first Montrose Days celebration. For many years he built, painted, lettered, and arranged the Memorial Day crosses to show respect to our fallen comrades. He also helped build sets and did stagehand work for the community theater’s Nels and Clara plays, which were put on by his family. Many times he hauled the guitars, drums, accordions, and amplifiers for his musical family as they performed for civic and charitable events.
Howard belonged to the Buffalo Square Dance Club, the Northern Draft Horse Association, and to the Wright County Farm Bureau. In August of 2002, Howard received the Aquatennial Commodore Award for volunteer service in Montrose.
He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo.
Howard is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, RoseMary Schultz; children: Lori (Mike) Pulvermacher, Lyne (Tony) Daniels, all of Buffalo, Lana (Gary) Fabel, Lee (Michelle) Schultz, all of Montrose; six grandchildren: Kelsy and Minde Pulvermacher; Courtney and Cambria Daniels; and Trenton “T.J.” and Ethan Fabel; a brother, Arvin Schultz; a sister, Ardis Schultz; and his mother-in-law, Erma Chevalier, all of Buffalo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a special uncle, Oscar Schultz; and by his father-in-law, Walter Chevalier.
The funeral service was Monday, Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo with the Revs. Becky Sogge and Highland Goodman officiating. Interment with military rites followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation took place Sunday, Jan. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., and continued Monday for one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.
Honorary casket bearers were Bob Swartzer, Tony Swartzer, Jim Hickman, Bob Prestidge, Dick Tompkins, and Frank Hayes.
Casket bearers were Richard Epple, Jim Epple, Herman Epple, Norman Duske, Dave Sieberg, and Reinhardt Goerke Jr.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.