Delbert “Del” Theodore Schultz, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:05 p.m. He was surrounded by his family when he went home to be with the Lord. Del was an amazing husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. He was a true inspiration to others in helping them achieve their best and was recognized by his peers as the most outstanding salesman and manager in his industry.
Being the runt of the family and growing up in Deer River, Minnesota, Del helped his Mom in the kitchen with various chores. When he was old enough, he and his older brothers helped their Dad in the woods logging. He and brother Gus were always into mischief. They even signed up together for the Air Force after Del graduated from Deer River High School in 1951 and served during the Korean War.
When he was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, he spied a stunning brunette at a dance on base and strode across the dance floor and asked her to dance. Her name was Charlotte and they jitterbugged the night away. He settled in Dayton, Ohio, married Charlotte, started their home and family and the couple has jitterbugged for 66 years.
Del loved his children, Karen and Ted, and he and Charlotte made Christmas and holidays very special for them.
His Mother-in-law, Grandma Opie, came to live with them when the children where young. He took the whole family on a four-week vacation pulling a trailer around the U.S. No one told him he couldn’t pull that trailer behind the family station wagon up Pikes Peak and he tried! In 1980, from his love for Colorado, he moved his family to Loveland.
Del worked in sales all his life, traveling, lifting people’s spirits, cracking a joke, and quoting Paul Harvey, Norman Vincent Peale and Zig Ziglar. He worked in the lighting business for 51 years. Along with his parents, he started and developed a family restaurant chain that the entire family worked at and enjoyed.
Health issues forced him to retire in 2011 from the family business he loved, Western States Industrial Lighting (WSI), where he worked with his son Ted and where everyone working there became family.
His many loves in life were his family, friends, entertaining, ushering in church, camping in his 30-foot motorhome with Charlotte, traveling all the states in the U.S., landscaping the yard, gardening and cheering at his kids, grandkids and great grandkids sports and activities.
Del’s sense of humor, inspiring words and positive presence will be missed by his family, friends and acquaintances.
Preceded in death by his parents, William A. Schultz and Mary E. Schultz, siblings Belle Johnson, Billie Schultz, Peg McDaniels, and Pete Schultz.
Survived by his lovely wife, Charlotte, daughter Karen James (Tom), son Ted Schultz. Grandchildren: Annie Birgenheier (Chad), Abbey Weilert (Tony), Kirsty Nickels (Jeff), Douglas James, Ryan Schultz, Adam Schultz (Holly), Aaron Schultz, and Casey Schultz. Great grandchildren: Aidan, Alec & Caroline James, Jeffrey & Gavin Nickels, Ella & Brynn Birgenheier and sweet baby Charlotte Anne Schultz. Siblings: Gus Schultz, Margie Waydula, Winnie Barret and the rest of his wonderful family in Minnesota and Ohio.
Immediate family will gather at Viegut Funeral Home on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9:00a.m. to pay their last respects. Graveside services will then follow for extended family and friends at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery in Berthoud. Pastor Steve Goodier will be officiating at the graveside service.
In his memory donations can be made to Pathways Hospice of Loveland or First United Methodist Church of Loveland.
November 18, 202011/18/2020
Delbert Theodore Schultz
3 Trees have been planted in memory of Delbert Schultz.