Louis R. Shultz, 82, of Oregon, Ohio, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo.
He was born Jan. 29, 1930, on a farm outside of New Riegel, to Clarence A. and Martha B. (Lucius) Shultz. He went to St. Mary's grade school and Calvert High School before leaving at age 17 to join the U.S. Navy in order to support his family. He served his country for three years on a Destroyer aircraft carrier and a submarine while traveling the world. Shortly afterward, he went to work on several Great Lakes vessels, retiring from American Steamship Company on the American Republic after 47 years of service.
He enjoyed traveling until several health issues kept him home. He liked working on anything that needed fixing even when he had to rig up parts of his own with it most always working in the end. His love was for the water and lighthouses. He built eight lighthouses himself, all after his famous Marblehead. He was very proud of the ones lighting his own yard.
He loved animals including his miniature schnauzers, Be-Be and Pepper-Anne; as well as, a pet squirrel that would wait by his back door for a peanut each morning. He made pets out of all animals even the black bird that broke its leg and would stay in his yard following him around waiting for a handout.
Louis is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, LeDonna; five children, Richard A. (Denise) and Steven C. (Jan) Shultz, both of the Cleveland area, Martha J. (Glenn) Thompson of Toledo, Edward C. (Lynn) Shultz of Wheaton, Ill., and Junanne C. (Paul) Knott of Wilmington, N.C.; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six brothers and sisters, Rita Schmidtz, Barbara (Don) Roberts, Nancy (Paul) Kanney, William Shultz, Robert (Mary) Shultz and Betty (Martin) Finley, all of the Tiffin area.
Preceding him in death were his parents; an infant brother, Alfred Shultz; and two sisters, Rosemary (Richard) Zachardy and Joan (Carl) Welborn.
Friends and family may visit from 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Eggleston-Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, 440 S. Coy Road, Oregon, OH 43616 (419) 698-4301, where a scripture service will be at 6 p.m.
His Mass of Christian burial will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 729 White St., Toledo, where the family will greet friends beginning at noon. Interment will follow at St. Ignatius Cemetery, Oregon, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, please consider Helping Hands of St. Louis or St. Thomas Aquinas Church.