Bernard (Bernie) George Schultz Jr.
Oct. 25, 1955
Feb. 26, 2017

Bernard (Bernie) George Schultz Jr.Bernard (Bernie) George Schultz Jr., age 61, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at home in DeForest surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on October 25, 1955, in Milwaukee, to Bernard Sr. and Sheila (Lawler) Schultz. Bernie’s zest for life was unquestioned, and his love of family — both human and animal — was apparent in all that he did. He gave his loving wife the horse farm she always dreamt of on a little piece of heaven outside of DeForest where they then raised their family.

His children were given every opportunity that mattered — exploring the vast animal kingdom provided on the farm, learning about nature, pursuing their passions with his support and blessing, and always knowing that they had a steady hand to guide them and fix anything that broke! Bernie’s gift from God was as a servant to all who knew him, happily doing everything from fixing leaking pipes and electrical switches to offering guidance and support on any aspect of life that you wanted to discuss. His hobbies included music — especially attending live shows — gardening and motorcycle riding.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Penny; his children, Jennifer, Bernard III (Stephanie), Melissa and Timothy; his grandchildren, Isaac, Ashton and Isabella; his mother; his brothers and sisters; and countless uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws, extended family members and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Sr., and his sister Elizabeth.

A celebration of life was held on Monday, March 7, at Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest, and A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, March 7, at St. Jerome Roman Catholic Parish, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, with a private burial following.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 608-846-4250, is serving the family. To view and sign his guestbook, please visit: