VisitationVisitation will be on Friday, February 13th from 3pm to 8pm with a prayer service at 8pm at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin and one hour prior to the mass at church Saturday morning
Funeral Services11:00am Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond
Russ Schultz Sr, age 81, a longtime resident of Baldwin, Wisconsin, reached eternal peace gracefully on February 6, 2015 surrounded by his family at his home. He was born July 24, 1933 in southern Minnesota, Vail Township, on a farm; the fourth born son of Floyd Schultz and Leona Minne Margret (Babe) Juhnke. They lived on the farm until he was 5 years old and at that time the family moved to South St Paul, MN. Growing up with his four brothers in South St Paul, they played street hockey, basketball and of course general roughhousing; and if you knew Russ that was no surprise. He graduated in 1951 from South St Paul, MN and in 1952, he enrolled in the United States Navy for four years. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to St. Paul Park. He started working at Sperry Rand/ Univac where he met his beautiful wife of 49 ½ years, Rose at a company-bowling event. They were married on May 30, 1958 in Holdingford, MN and started their many adventures in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Soon thereafter, they moved to Scandia, MN to start a small hobby farm with sheep, hogs and three horses. Russ loved the farming life and had a huge desire to farm on a larger scale, so Russ and Rose moved to Baldwin in 1971 and started their dairy farm while raising the children. They purchased the Log Cabin Bar in 1975 and together built the establishment to be a gathering place for friends and family. He did occasionally allow a Viking fan in the bar if they were a relative or close friend.
During this same time, Russ began the Black Hawk hockey program with several area residents. He is known as the “Godfather” of Hockey in this area. He was passionate about the sports and spent many years building the program, recruiting young athletics and in his retirement became the “Voice” of Black Hawk Hockey as he announced the high school hockey games and tournaments. Rose would always be at this side supporting the program and playing the music during the games.
He also worked at Action Labs in Woodville, Wisconsin followed by a return to Unisys in Eagan. In January of 1984, while working at Unisys, he decided to accept a Plant Manager job in Clearwater, Florida. After 10 years, when they decided they missed their children and grandchildren, they moved back to Baldwin in 1994. Russ is proud that they moved by shipping all of their belongings with UPS.
Russ will be remembered by this deep love for family, faith, his country and sports. He is an avid Packer, Brewer and Badger fan and also a fan of any team his grandchildren played on. He loved spending time fishing at his cabin in Birchwood, Wisconsin and may have stopped by one of the casinos in the area.
Russ is survived by his son, Russ Jr (Nancy) Schultz of Marionette, WI and their children, John, Jeff (Rachel) and Gina Schultz, Shawn (Kasi including great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Lane and Charley Gillis), Jessi (Jason) Kelly, Bailey (Justin Hustad) Gillis; Son Rich (Julie) Schultz of Amery, Wisconsin, and their children Jayna (Nathan) Olson, Allison and Kyle Schultz; Daughter Renee (Steve) Heinbuch of Hammond, and their children Andrew (Holly including great grandchildren Callie Jo and Lane), Karl (Amy Trcka); Daughter Randi (Mark) Tolonen of Elmwood, and their children Amber (Josh Gabranski including great grandchildren, Caleb, Aiden and Zennah) and Brian. During the past 4 years, Russ spent time playing cards and taking road trips with his dear sweet friend, Georgia Fern who was a constant companion. He is further survived by Sister-in-law Janet Schultz, Eagan, MN
Preceded in death by his wife Rose, parents Floyd Schultz and Leona Minne Margert (Babe) Juhnke, his four brothers Don Schultz, Ken Schultz, Rich Schultz and John Schultz, sister-laws, Evelyn Schultz and Mary Schultz.
Mass of Christian Burial for Russ Schultz will be 11:00am Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond. Burial with full military honors provided by the Baldwin American Legion and VFW Posts will be in the parish cemetery. Active casketbearers are his beloved grandchildren. Honorary casketbearers will be Carroll Schneider, Jay and Betty Monson, Judy Dooley, George Mattson, Jacko and Jolene Speirs, Don and Snookie Holl. Visitation will be on Friday, February 13th from 3pm to 8pm with a prayer service at 8pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin and one hour prior to the mass at church Saturday morning. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers and will be used for Russ’s passions in life. Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin.