William “Bill” Francis Schulz, 82, of Gardner, Kan. passed away March 27, 2013 at OlatheMedicalCenter.
Bill was born July 25, 1930 in Pryor, Okla. to Otto Michael and Fannie Alice (Whitehead) Schulz. He grew up in Oklahoma where he graduated from PryorHigh School in 1948.
Bill joined the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was a 20-year veteran attaining the rank of Master Sgt., E-8. He was stationed in Korea, Japan, Germany and the Nike Missile Army Base in Gardner.
Bill played football while serving in Japan for the Air Force-Army Team.
While stationed in Gardner he met and later married Darlene Mae Rush on Dec. 21, 1963 in Olathe, KS. They lived in Olathe and moved to Gardner in 1969.
After his Army retirement, he worked for S & S Line Construction, Hinkle and McCoy and later for Par Electric where he retired in 1992.
He was a member of the IBEW Electrical Union. Bill served as Past Commander of the Gardner American Legion and VFW and was in charge of the Honor Guard for years and very active in the Legion. He was a member of the Voiture 40-8 of Olathe.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, dancing and camping with family and friends. He will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darlene, in 2012; three brothers, Raymond, Edwin and Lloyd Schulz; sister, Alice Jordan and granddaughter, Olivia.
Bill is survived by children, Carrie J. and Randy Swisher, Eric C. “Fudge” and Kelly Schulz, and Janet and Bret Oswald, all of Gardner, Cheryl and Dennis Palmer, and Alice M. and Bob Romi, all of Wellsville, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Barbara and Bill Newson of Olathe and Patricia Rush of Williamsburg, Kan. and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., April 2, 2013 at GardnerCemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., April 1, 2013 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913)856-7111. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.