Gerry Wayne Schultz, 85, of Homer went to be with his Lord on Friday, December 22, 2023. Gerry was surrounded by the warmth of family as he passed.
Gerry was born February 9, 1938 to Garfield Schultz and Esther (Knuth) Schultz in Albion. As a child Gerry grew his appreciation for the outdoors by helping on the Schultz family dairy farm, where after graduating from Homer High School he continued to work on the farm up until his retirement in 2017.
In July 1956 Gerry enlisted into the U.S. Army. He was deployed to serve in Europe from Detroit, Michigan. He served six months in England, six months in Germany and six months in France. By the time of his homecoming, Gerry had earned the Good Conduct Medal for his impressive commitment and was honorably discharged in July 1959 attaining the rank of SP3.
In 1959, soon after returning to Michigan, he married his respected wife Virginia “Ginny” Smith. Ginny and Gerry spent 64 wonderful years staying by each other’s side. They raised a family of four in Homer with a strong moral backdrop. The Schultz’s have been devoted followers of Christ. Having long standing attendance at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Albion.
Gerry had a hearty work ethic. Being the loving custodian of the farm, knowing hard labor pays for its reward. Gerry was an active outdoorsman and enjoyed chopping firewood. Beyond having a healthy dedication to his work, Gerry also liked to exercise his mind. He was a big fan of Sudoku puzzles and could be found reading mysteries in his quiet hours. Gerry was a proud fan of Michigan’s sports teams cheering for Michigan and Michigan State. Gerry enjoyed watching and listening to the Detroit Tigers as well.
He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, church community, and the rest of those who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother-in-law, Donna (Dennis) Humphrey, and his brother, Arvid Schultz.
He is survived by his wife Ginny, his children, Shelley Schultz of Stanford, Illinois, Karen (Randy) Spangler of Coldwater, Michigan, Michele (Brad Kihn) Schultz of Lansing, Michigan and Mike (Jean) Schultz of Williamston, Michigan; his grandchildren, BreeAnn (Tylar) Blosfield, Brendan (Olivia Dubay) Spangler, Tyler Schultz, Samantha Schultz; his brother, Galen (Kathy) Schultz of Homer, Michigan and their special friend, Mary Jo Johnson of Stanford, Illinois.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday December 27, 2023 at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Albion (100 Luther Blvd. Albion, Michigan 49224). A memorial service will be conducted following the visitation at 12:00 pm at the church, with Pastor Paul Koehn officiating. There will be luncheon immediately following the memorial service in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Albion.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 303 S. Hillsdale Street Homer, Michigan 49245. Please visit https://www.kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, to sign the online guest book or to leave the family condolences.