Joseph E. Schultz, Sr., 96, of Camden, Mich., and formerly of West Unity, Ohio, died Jan. 8, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Joseph was born May 7, 1923, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Steve and Erma (Maraz) Schultz. He married Mercidis Christian on June 25, 1966, in Cortland, Ohio, and she preceded him in death.
Joseph was employed as a production employee and truck driver for Stubnitz-Greene (“Stubbys”) and later worked as a custodian at the Sunny Side School.
Joseph served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He served alongside his brother, Frank, aboard the U.S.S. Crowley. He was a member of the West Unity American Legion and the Pioneer VFW. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, mowing his lawn and spending time with his family.
Joseph is survived by his children, Michael Schultz of Tulsa, Okla., Julie Schultz of Inverness, Fla., Glenn (and Nancy) Hooser of Blakeslee, Ohio, Jerry (and Judy) Hooser of Corona, Ind., Brenda (and Mark) Carter of Camden, Kenny Hooser (and Judy Bowers) of Bryan, Ohio, Susie Farrell of West Unity and Sam (and Shirley) Knapp of Liberty Center, Ohio; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; a brother, Steve Schultz, of Salisbury, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great- and great-great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Joseph Schultz, Jr.; daughters Violet Knapp, Delores Rosas and Carol Hooser; and siblings Jacob Rittli, John Rettle, Sr., George Rittli, Irene Meconi and Frank Schultz.
A memorial service celebrating Joseph’s life is scheduled May 7, 2020, at Shiffler Cemetery in Williams County, Ohio. Graveside military rites will be provided by the American Legion and U.S. Navy Honor Guard.
Arrangements were handled by Krill Funeral Service of Bryan.
Memorials are suggested to a Hospice or other organization of the donor’s choice.