Kenneth L Schultz
Aug 14, 1929 – Sep 22, 2018
Kenneth Leroy Schultz
8/14/29 - 9/22/18
Kenneth was born on August 14, 1929 to Roy and Metta Schultz in Maywood, Nebraska. He was the second of 4 children Wilma, Delbert and Lester.
Ken grew up on the family homestead in Maywood, Frontier County, Nebraska. Ken graduated from the "Nebraska School of Agriculture" in 1946. They were known as the "Aggies".
Ken tried to enlist in the service but he did not pass the physical due to a heart murmur. They also told him that his job as a farmer was essential to the war effort. However, Ken wanted to serve his country and went to work for the FBI. He started as a Fingerprint Classifier making $1,954 per year. In April 1948, he was promoted to Classification Fingerprint Clerk making $2,168.28 per year. Ken was unhappy living in DC and his heart ached for his Nebraska home.
He returned home and worked on a farm as a hired hand. There he fell in love with Glenda Lorraine Pahl, they were married on May 16, 1950. They leased land and spent six years farming. In the fall of 1956, they found out they were broke. They had a successful farm sale.
In the dead of winter, Ken, Glenda and their three small children, Susan, Larry and Richard bundled into their black 1950 Chevrolet towing their homemade trailer. Thus began the perilous four day journey to Seattle, WA.
Two months after arriving in the Northwest, Ken went to work at Lamson Products Company, a small machine shop, where he worked in Quality Control. He retired 36 years later.
Decades after bringing his family to Seattle, his Nebraska roots were still a part of his life. Saturdays meant not only Husky football but Cornhusker football. Each spring the Schultz backyard blossomed with beautiful flowers and each summer the garden produced a bountiful harvest of corn, tomatoes and beans.
Ken and Glenda enjoyed many activities during retirement. Ken spent many hours in his woodshop creating an amazing variety of handmade furniture. They loved their church family and volunteered many hours. They also enjoyed camping with their Good Sam Club. They especially loved traveling to Hawaii and taking road trips to visit family. His beloved Glenda passed away July 2, 2013.
Ken is survived by his daughter Susan and her husband Stevan; grandson Eric Winters and wife Somer and their three children Myah, Kendal and Nolan. He is also survived by son Larry and wife Karin; also, son Richard and wife Marie and their three children Nick, wife Christina and their son Cameron; son Chris and daughter Allie. Ken has three step grandchildren, Gail Faris and husband Bill and their three children Betsy, Sam and Jack; David Smith and Marc Smith.
Ken passed away at age 89 at Garden Terrace Nursing Home. He was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather and great-grandfather. All of us who knew and loved him will miss his great smile and sense of humor.
Friday, October 5, 2018 at noon, will be a graveside service, followed by celebration of life and reception. Bonney Watson Washington Memorial Park. 16445 International Blvd. SeaTac, WA 98188
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