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Zion Lutheran Church-Buffalo.
Monday January 12, 2009
3 PM

Visitation Information

Howard Charles Schultz, age 79, of Montrose passed away on Friday, January 9, 2009 at Park View Care Center in Buffalo after been a resident there for the past 5 ½ years. He was born at home in Buffalo Township, near the present site of The Buffalo Hospital, on October 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 Pastor N. William Anderson at Carlslund Evangelical Lutheran Church (now Zion Lutheran Church) on 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 an older sister, Arvin and Ardis, they are twins. Howard 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. They spent many hours listening to the radio in the days before television. His favorite pet was a bulldog named Ted. His favorite teacher in Montrose Elementary School was Evelyn Hayes, the nice lady who taught Howard in grades 1-3. Howard graduated from Buffalo High School in 1947. From 1951-1953, Howard served in The United States Army 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, He joined V.F.W. 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 on October 8, 1960 at The Church of St. Mary in Waverly. Howard and RoseMary raised their four children on a dairy farm.

His hobby was raising two thousand pound Belgian horses. He gave hay and sleigh rides on his farm and with Santa at the V.F.W. Howard plowed his fields with teams of horses. He 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. He belonged to The Buffalo Square Dance Club, The Northern Draft Horse Association and to The Wright County Farm Bureau. In August of 2002, Howard was fortunate to receive The Aquatennial Commodore Award for Volunteer Service in Montrose.

He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Survived by loving wife of forty eight years: RoseMary Schultz; children: Lori (Mike) Pulvermacher & Lyne (Tony) Daniels all of Buffalo, Lana (Gary) Fabel and Lee (Michelle) Schultz all of Montrose; six grandchildren: Kelsy & Minde Pulvermacher; Courtney & Cambria Daniels; and Trenton “T.J.” & Ethan Fabel; a brother: Arvin Schultz; a sister: Ardis Schultz; and his mother-in-law: Erma Chevalier all of Buffalo. Preceded in death by his parents, a special uncle: Oscar Schultz and by his father-in-law: Walter Chevalier.

Funeral services for Howard Schultz will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday, January 12th at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor Becky Sogge and Pastor Highland Goodman will officiate. Interment with military rites will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 4-8 P.M. on Sunday, January 11th at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. A Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 P.M. Sunday evening. Further visitation will be held on Monday, January 12th at the church one hour prior to funeral services. Honorary Casket Bearers will be Bob Swartzer, Tony Swartzer, Jim Hickman, Bob Prestidge, Dick Tompkins and Frank Hayes. Casket Bearers will be Richard Epple, Jim Epple, Herman Epple, Norman Duske, Dave Sieberg and Reinhardt Goerke Jr.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lisa Fashant-Kasper

    Dear Lana & Family,
    Please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of your dad. I too lost my mom and grandma in March of 2008 within 9 days of each other. Trust me every day will get easier. Put your trust in God and he will help you to get thru it. God Bless you and your family.

  2. Mary Jo Gapinski

    Dear Schultz family I am sorry to hear your lost husband, dad, and grandpa You are in my prayers. He is a better place for him. god blessed all your family.
    Mary Jo Gapinski

  3. Brenda, Reinhardt, Alex and Kayla Goerke

    Dear Schultz Family:
    We have been blessed to have Howard in our life for many years. When we think of Howard, we think of a kind, gentle man. We remember a cowboy hat, blue truck, quick nap under the shade tree, sparkling blue eyes, good conversation, hay rides, Indian mounds, sleigh rides and don’t forget the “food”. We will always remember his love for the simple life and the outdoors. Howard is in a better place now, probably driving those horses all around heaven. We wonder if he has to use the sleigh or the wagon?

  4. Jerry Goeb

    Howard, you helped make our community a family community. I remember seeing you work your team of horses, like you worked with a team of caring volunteers to make this community a better place to call home.

    The best part of it is I can see your love of community in your family, a family that works as a team to make this community feel like a warm home.

    You will be missed, but your love that has been given to this family community will live forever, because you gave the greatest gift to this community, which was unstoppable compassion to those who were around you, and you never, were afraid of rolling up your sleeves and not just pitching in but with a leadership that simply got things done that many have benefited by.

    If everybody who has ever been touched by the many years of fine works of you and your family were to offer this community even a fraction of its value, we would be talking about a serious pot of golden love.

    Maybe that is why you had a large team of horses.

    Thank you Howard and family for all you have all done to make this community a much better place to live and being an excellent role models to follow.

    RoseMary, Lori, Lyne, Lana, Lee, and families, Thank you for sharing him with us.

  5. Robyn Patri

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you at this difficult time. My prayers are with you.


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