Carl Edward Schultz, 85, of Sunnyside passed away on Friday, March 11, 2011.
Carl Edward Schultz was born on a very cold night, Dec. 17, 1925. As the seventh child in a family that would soon have 11 children, he was one of the six Schultz boys born to August and Marie Schultz. At the time he was born, the family lived on a wheat farm in Oaksdale. When he was three years old, the family sold the farm and moved to Grandview to begin a new farm.
He received his education in Grandview.
After working on the farm, Carl worked in a hardware store for Smith & Judd. Later he found work at Perham's and also Welch's in their storage facilities. Anderson's Motor Company later employed him as a "grease monkey" which is where he was working when he met the love of his life. He met Lucille Graham in February of 1951 and they were married on Aug. 5, of that same year.
Later they moved to Sunnyside, where he lived out his years and they raised their three children.
Carl worked in maintenance at Sunnyside General Hospital for 11 years and Sunnyside Community Hospital for 23 years after which he retired.
Beyond the years of education and work, there were many years of "life".
He took great pleasure in raising his three children: Ed, Howard and Carmin.
He was a little league coach for a few years, coached high school tennis one summer, and also played a lot of volleyball through the years. He also loved just playing with all the neighborhood kids that gathered in the family yard. He was an excellent tennis player and he still played a good game several times a week (on any dry day) with his good friend Herb until he began to lose his sight in his early 80s.
Carl enjoyed many of the small things in life, kids, a good joke or prank, the touch of his wife's hand, chocolate in any form, and a good day on the nearby tennis court.
He dearly loved spending time with his large family of siblings or with his own family, and especially when those grandchildren came along. He was happy to be their "jungle gym" as they swung from his strong arms, and with as much tenderness, he was also the grandpa who cradled them in those arms as they fell asleep.
Carl was a humble man who quietly excelled in whatever he set out to do. If someone needed a room or house painted, he was your guy. If you needed any maintenance done, he was a ready volunteer. He spent 12 years volunteering at Grandview Adventist Church Food Bank in his later years, making sure that people who needed it had food.
He touched many lives in his journey through his allotted years, and was admired by those who loved and knew him best.
He was a man of few words and quick wit. His illness brought many new people into his life as his caretakers and they quickly became friends who loved him like family, and he willingly returned the favor.
Although sickness took him away earlier than anyone would have liked, he is, in his own words, "better now" as he lays in his final sleep waiting for our family and friend reunion in heaven.
Carl relaxed to painless sleep on Friday, March 11, 2011. Those left to hold his memory forever in their hearts are his loving wife and main care-giver, Lucille Graham Schultz; son, Edward (Cindy) M. Schultz of Boise, Idaho, son, Howard (Ursula) C. Schultz of Vancouver; a daughter, Carmin (Greg) L. Schultz Reese of Port Trevorton, Pa.; his grandchildren, Madeline and Kiersten of Port Trevorton, Ryan (Katie) Schultz of Boise, Idaho, Emily (Colby) Schultz Carper of Salt Lake City, Utah; siblings, Erma (Aggie) Schultz Leiske of Walla Walla, Clara Schultz Tall of Medford, Ore., David Schultz and May Schultz Blasdel, both of Pasco and Esther Schultz Davie of Brush Prairie. He was preceded in death by brothers, Elmer, Reuben, Clarence and Walter; and a sister, Helen Schultz Miller.
In lieu of flowers, you may choose to contribute to the Grandview Adventist Food Bank.
A service to honor his life will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 4 p.m. at the Grandview Seventh-day Adventist Church at 106 North Elm Street. There will be a viewing at the Smith Funeral home in Sunnyside on Friday March 18, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m., where friends may offer condolences to the family and again at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Grandview Seventh-day Adventist Church just prior to the service.
If you would like to leave a message for the family or read Carl's complete life sketch, please visit http://www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.