Earl A. Schultz, 98, of Redfield, SD, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Eastern Star Home in Redfield. His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Redfield. Reverend Tammy Toepke-Floyd will officiate. Following lunch and a time of fellowship, a private family burial will take place at St. John’s Cemetery, rural Tulare, SD.
Visitation will be Monday, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the Eastern Star Chapel. Visitation will continue, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield. Family will be present during this time to accept condolences. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield (www.hykefuneralhome.com).
Earl August Schultz was born March 23, 1920 in Buffalo Township, SD to Fred and Lydia (Humburg) Schultz. He grew up on the family farm in rural Tulare. He attended Tulare school for five years prior to going country school. He was a student at Redfield High School for one semester to study Latin before he decided to devote his life to farming.
He married Arlene Larson on June 24, 1948 at St. John’s Church near Tulare and they raised four daughters together. They farmed alongside Earl’s family until moving to Redfield after the horrible blizzard of 1997. Earl was very proud of the fact that he never lived outside of Spink County. He and Arlene did travel but always looked forward to returning home where they enjoyed entertaining and playing cards. Earl also had a passion for reading, especially history. His family was always amazed by the amount of historical information he retained and was able to educate others with.
Earl served on both the St. John’s Church Board and the Township Board. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and photographer. He listened to Andy Williams and Lawrence Welk and liked to collect guns and The Three Stooges videos.
Earl was a quiet man who was very generous and a conservationist by nature. He was non-judgmental and respected by those around him. He loved his family and cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The approved family joke was that the youngest grandchild at any given time was always Earl’s favorite!
He became a cancer survivor at age 94. His wit, strong moral values and appreciation for life enabled him to conquer obstacles throughout his life. His daughters will always treasure this quote from their beloved father, “My girls are the best investment I ever made.”
Grateful for having shared his life are his daughters: Mary Ann (Greg) Wilson of Aberdeen, SD; Sandra (Randy) Olson of Lake Preston, SD; Connie (Robert) Tiff of Redfield, SD and Julie (Jim) Becker of Rockham, SD. Earl is also survived by his grandchildren: Ryan Wilson, Angela (Joe) Wigdahl, Ross Olson, Nikki` Tiff, Robbie (Sunnie Viegas) Tiff, Janelle (Jay) Olson, John (Melissa) Becker and Josh (Heidi) Becker; his great-grandchildren: Jorja Olson, Jace Olson, Nicholas Becker, Christopher Becker, Joseph Becker, Case Becker, Miranda Becker, Lydia Becker, Kellen Robert Ault, Avett Wigdahl (and another one arriving in the fall); as well as many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, in 2002; his great-granddaughter, Lexy Becker; his brother, Kenneth (Eloise) Schultz; and his sister, Maryrose (Eugene) Avery.