Elmer Robert Schultz, 80, a longtime Mabton resident went to be in the arms of his heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, surrounded by his loving family.
Elmer was born June 19, 1929 in Harrington, the son of Jake and Lucille (Bixel) Schultz.
Elmer received his education in Mabton graduating with the class of 1948. Elmer was an all star athlete, the first basketball player in Mabton to score 1,000 points and still holds the record for the longest field goal.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean Conflict.
On Sept. 12, 1953 he married Marvine Odle in Goldendale. They together made their home in Glenwood, where Elmer worked as a logger and farmed. In 1960 they moved to Mabton and farmed.
Elmer was a member of the Mabton School Board and the Mabton Grace Brethren Church and a lifetime member of the Sunnyside VFW.
Elmer loved his community, on a daily basis he could be seen opening the local café's (he had his own set of keys), where he made coffee and spent hours visiting with his friends. Elmer never called anyone by there given name, he had a special nickname for everyone.
Watching his children and other young people in the community participate in sporting events was a highlight of Elmer's life. He was very passionate about Mabton High School sports, "A Life Long Viking."
He is survived by his loving wife, Marvine Schultz of Sunnyside; one son, Dean (Marcy) Schultz of Oreana, Idaho; one daughter, Daniece (Bill) Roettger of Mabton; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Carrell of Prosser.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Dale Schultz and Darrin Schultz; a daughter, Darlene Schultz; one brother, Jack Schultz; and one grandson, D.R. Schultz.
Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, March 15, 2010, from 1 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. with Military Honors at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, burial to follow at East Prosser Cemetery.
Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute love gifts to the Schultz Family.
Those wishing to share their memories or sign Elmer's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.