Emil Herman Schultz, 99, died August 4, 2011 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.
Emil was born July 25, 1912 in Wheaton, the son of Emil Carl and Marie (Otto) Schultz. He was baptized at St. Johnís Lutheran in Dumont and at age 6 the family moved to a farm near Truman. It was here that Emil started country school.
On May 5, 1935, Emil was united in marriage to Elsie Voelker. Seven children were born to this union Ė Emil Larry, Lavonne, Lyle, Lois, Leon, Loren and Lowell. The couple farmed Emilís parentsí farm near Truman until 1937 when they moved to a farm near Ormsby. In 1939 Emil began hauling livestock for the Truman Farmers Shipping Association. As a result of the trucking business the family lived for brief periods in Mankato and Fairmont before spending the balance of the war years in Luverne.
Elsie passed away on March 31, 1953, leaving seven children ages 1 year to 15 years. In the years that followed, Emil experienced the effects of being a single parent. He worked hard at his number one priority, which was the welfare of his growing children. In 1954 the family moved to Anoka and in 1957 to a farm near Willmar.
Emil met Helen (Sangar) Zavadil and they were married on April 22, 1968 in Willmar. During his years in Willmar, Emil was very active within his church, Redeemer Lutheran of Willmar. He served as chairman of the building committee when the congregation built a new large church building. He also served as an elder and the chairman of the congregation.
From 1970 to 1977, Emil, with much help from his wife, Helen, served as membership secretary for the Minnesota North District of the Lutheran Laymenís League.
Emil and Helen did a great deal of traveling during the 1970s, visiting their children and relatives all over the United States. In 1980 they sold their farm and purchased a large motor home, which served as their home. From 1988 to 1998 the couple lived in Alice, Texas. Helen died in 2001.
He is survived by his children, Emil Larry (Myrna) Schultz of Griffin, GA, Lavonne Arvidson of Alexandria, Lyle (Margaret) Schultz of Owatonna, Lois Yungk of Litchfield, Leon (Carole) Schultz of Spicer, Loren (Judy) Schultz of Willmar, Lowell (Lynda) Schultz of Montevideo and Darwin (Yvonne) Zavadil of San Diego, CA; daughter-in-law, Arlene Zavadil of Carlos; brothers, Lawrence Schultz of Fairmont and Raymond Schultz of Mankato; sisters, Tootie Williamson of Truman, Luella Wessel of Trimont, and Glenda Bode of Colorado Springs; 27 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchldren.
Emil was preceded in death by his parents; wives; two sons-in-law, Harvey Zavadil and David Arvidson; and six brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria on Monday, August 8 with the Rev. David Domanski officiating. Sue Nelson provided music. Interment was at St. Paulís Lutheran Cemetery in Truman with Emilís grandsons Barry Arvidson, Craig Schultz, Perry Yungk, Chad Schultz, Greg Schultz, Scott Zavadil, Jeremy Schultz, Chris Schultz, Matthew Schultz, Jason Schultz, Jeff Zavadil, Mark Zavadil and Emil Larry Schultz Jr. serving as casket bearers.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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