William J. "Bill" Schultz

William J. "Bill" Schultz, a recent retiree to Hartford in Washington County, died March 29, 2009, of complications with M.D.S., a type of cancer, at St Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.

He was born July 8, 1936, in Eland to Richard R. and Linnea M. Schultz. He married Katharina Otto on Nov. 14, 1959, in the U.S. Army Chapel in Aschaffenburg, Germany.

He is survived by his wife, Katharina "Ina"; a daughter, Sheryl (Ken) Hughes of Richfield; two sons, Dean (Lisa) Schultz of Mountain Home, Idaho; and Jay Schultz, Ph.D., of Silver Spring, Md.; six grandchildren, Matthew, Katharina "Katie," John and Andrew Hughes and Zachary and Derek Schultz; two sisters, Dorothy Larson of Appleton and Elaine Thoma of Tigerton; two brothers, Dennis Schultz of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Richard "Dick" Schultz of Waupaca. He is further survived by nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Bill was a member of the class of 1954 at Bowler High School, Bowler. His first year of college was spent at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., his sophomore and junior years were at Lawrence College, Appleton, and his last year at the University of Maryland, European Campus in Germany.

Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1957 and served until 1965, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served nearly five years in West Germany as a recon specialist, his last duty as tank section leader and tank commander. He also served as the Assistant Director of American Youth Activities in Aschaffenberg, Germany, for two and a half years. Following his service in Germany, he was assigned as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Army Reserve Units in Scottsburg and Madison, Indiana.

Following his service in the Army, Bill was a Field Director for the Illinois Heart Association of Bellville, Ill., for three years, followed by 35 years in the financial services industry. He worked as a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans and Lutheran Brotherhood for more than 25 years. After retiring in 1997, he took courses to become a chef. He worked for a French-trained executive Chef in Grand Rapids, Mich. He also worked as a volunteer driver for people needing transportation to medical appointments.

Bill was past president of the Rotary Club of Hancock, Mich. He was also the finance chairman of the Copper Country Senior American Coalition, a coalition of Lutheran congregations, Suomi College and Lutheran Social Services serving the elderly in Michiganís Upper Peninsula. Bill served on church councils in Hancock and was an active member of Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Hartford. He taught Sunday school classes, summer adult Bible Class and served on the Board of Stewardship.

Visitation will be held at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Hartford on Friday, April 3, 2009, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a funeral service at 7 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Ricky Schroeder officiating.

Memorials to Divine Savior Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. www.shimonfuneralhome.com.