Elmer Arthur (Art) Schulz, Jr. — 1927-2014
After a brief illness, our husband, father, and grandfather passed away in his sleep on Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Art was born on Sept. 19, 1927, in Guymon, Okla., to Elmer Arthur Schulz and Margaret Louise (McBride) Schulz, both originally from Missouri. His father and grandfather Schulz were bricklayers and stonemasons who came from Missouri and ended up in Denver, by way of Craig, Colo.
He grew up in what was “east” Denver, along Cherry Creek, when it was nearly the edge of town. A collection of Schulz family relatives lived in the neighborhood. As a boy, he collected souvenirs from old-timers who drove stagecoaches or fought in the Great War. He delivered prescriptions on his bike for a friend’s family drug store down on Larimer Street when it was still “Skid Row”. He pulled a rusted old Winchester rifle out of the creek near Buckskin Joe, up in South Park. He attended Bromwell Elementary, and graduated from East High School in June 1945.
As a young man, he enjoyed many pastimes, especially the outdoors - hunting, shooting, camping, and climbing in the backcountry of Colorado. His boots, skis, and ice axe were Army ski troop surplus. He mowed lawns, pumped gas, surveyed for the highway department, and worked as a printer’s apprentice.
Art enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1945, and served aboard a patrol torpedo (PT) boat and USS LCI-738, with a rating of Motor Machinist’s Mate 3C. In December 1945, he “crossed the line” (equator) and joined the ranks of Trusty Shellbacks. In August 1946, he was honorably discharged. He then attended the University of Denver while in the USN Reserve and graduated in December 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
About that same time, he met Laura Elizabeth Greek, a South Dakota girl who had come to Denver with a couple of her sisters. They were married by Father Paul Barbour on Christmas Day, 1951, at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Laura’s hometown of Mission, South Dakota.
Their first home was in Borger, Texas. They have two sons: Eric was born in Borger, and David was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Art’s career took him from a carbon black plant in Texas, to nuclear reactors at the NRTS in Idaho, to paper plants in Illinois and Iowa, and back to Blackfoot, Idaho, and potato processing.
Over those years, he was employed by the Phillips Petroleum Company, H.P. Smith Paper Company, and Basic American Foods, in roles of design engineer, plant maintenance manager, and plant manager.
He and Laura and their sons lived in Borger, Texas; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Western Springs, Ill.; Iowa City, Iowa; Blackfoot, Idaho; and finally, Boise, Idaho. They enjoyed travel and made their home the place for decades of family celebrations of Christmas, birthdays, and reunions. In recent months, it had become harder and harder to live alone in their home. So he and Laura moved to Willow Park Assisted Living in Boise.
Art loved his family; his yards; his cars; camping, hunting and fishing; shooting, reloading, and his guns; history – especially the military, the West, and the fur trade; collecting native American artifacts; and his pets.
Over the years, he had great friends, buddies of all sorts that shared his work or his hobbies – Rob, Bill, Eddie, Jim, Gary, Paul, to name just a few.
He enjoyed volunteering at the Idaho State Historical Museum, cataloging new treasures. Art tried never to miss a gun show and he loved sharing his knowledge and interests with everyone.
He took pride in all he did and inspired the same in others. He set high standards when it came to lawn mowing and car washing (and waxing). We remember the love and enthusiasm he always had for the interests and achievements of his sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, inspired by his own example.
Art is survived by Laura, his wife of 62 years; sons Eric and David, daughters-in-law Julie and Jerilynne, and grandchildren Eliza, Andrea, Gretchen, Henry, and Ilsa.
He will rest at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery. His family plans to hold a memorial service and open house at a future date. To share remembrances or condolences, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.