Herbert W. Schulz, 94

Herbert (“Herb”) Walter Schulz age 94, of Hutchinson, passed away Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

He was born Nov. 20, 1923, in Hutchinson, the son of Carl and Hedwig (Geier) Schulz. Herb was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in his faith April 10, 1938, both at Peace (Friedens) Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

He received his education in Hutchinson, and was a graduate of the Hutchinson High School class of 1942.

Herb served in the Minnesota Army National Guard for one year, and then entered active military service in the United States Navy June 19, 1943, in Glencoe. He served with the Construction Battalion (SeaBees) in the South Pacific during World War II, and was honorably discharged Feb. 20, 1946, at the USN Personnel Separation Center in Minneapolis, having achieved the rank of Ship Fitter Third Class (SF3).

Herb was united in marriage to June Otto June 30, 1946, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with four children, Sandra, Mary, Cynthia, and Roger.

Herb and June resided in Hutchinson, and lived on Lake Jennie for over 30 years, where they enjoyed growing a large garden and hosting many events, including the Schulz family picnics. They shared 71 years of marriage together until June passed away July 15, 2017.

Herb worked for Hutchinson Dry Cleaning before he entered the Navy, and when he was discharged, he returned to the dry cleaning business until 1947, when he began his career with the Jewel Tea/Ebert Coffee Company. In 1967, Herb began working with 3M in Hutchinson, retiring in 1988.

An active member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, he served as an usher for weekday funeral services, and as chairman of the organ committee. Both he and June attended worship services and events at the church.

Herb was also a member of the Hutchinson American Legion Post 96, and the Horseshoe League in Hutchinson.

He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and especially deer hunting “up north” with friends and family. He also liked to dabble with processing maple syrup, bowled for two teams; Alrick’s Clothing Store, and a 3M team that called themselves Herbie’s Raiders; and liked dancing. He and June had a morning routine of playing cribbage. Herb especially cherished time spent with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

When Herb needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident at Harmony River Living Center Oct. 3, 2016.

He is survived by his children, Sandra Hall and her husband, Duane, Mary Melin and her husband, John, Cynthia Fallon and her husband, Michael, and Roger Schulz, all of Hutchinson, as well as Roger’s significant other, SuzeAnn Schwarzrock, of Winthrop.

Herb is further survived by his grandchildren, Sara Weckman and her husband, Patrick, Carl Melin, Aaron Hall, and Andrew Hall; great-grandchildren Katie Weckman, Abbie Weckman, Sean Weckman, and Christopher Hall; sisters-in-law Lorraine Otto of Wenatchee, WA, Faye Stevens of Sandpoint, ID, and Marianne Otto of Florida; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Hedwig Schulz; spouse, June Schulz; and brothers, Theodore Schulz, John Schulz, and Carl Schulz in infancy; father- and mother- in-law, John and Meta Otto; sister-in-law Doris Zimmerman; brothers-in-law Larry Stevens, Orville Otto, and Lester Zimmerman; and nephews Larry Zimmerman, and Mark Zimmerman.

A funeral services took place Friday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in Peace Lutheran Cemetery. The Revs. John Pasche, and Pastor Gerhard Bode officiated. Organist was Paul Otte. Congregational hymns were “Nunc Dimittis,” “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” and “Abide with Me.”

“The Hartley Group” were honorary casket bearers.

Casket bearers were Sara Weckman, Patrick Weckman, Carl Melin, Aaron Hall, Andrew Hall, and Doug Stevens.

Military honors were provided by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.

Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.

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