Donald Schultze, 73, of Columbus, died Monday, April 26, 2021, at the Memorial Hospital in Seward.
Donald Schultze was born June 28, 1947, in York, to Clifford and Wilma (Zima) Schultze. He graduated from Gresham High School in Gresham and on June 26, 1968, he entered the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged on June 25, 1970, after receiving two Purple Hearts. After his return from military duties, Donald was united in marriage to Rebecca Miller at Immanuel Lutheran Church in York. Donald worked for Hughes Brothers in Seward as a galvanizing foreman for more than 25 years. After Rebecca’s death in 2013, Donald was united in marriage to Pamela Schmid on Dec. 19, 2015, at 1C Church in Columbus. Donald loved horses, being literally thrown onto a horse at the age of 4 or 5 by his uncle. He was an avid Husker football fan, loved his T-Bird and going to his grandchildren’s activities.
Donald is survived by his wife, Pamela Schultze of Columbus; son, Michael (Jacque Kuzma) Schultze of Crete; step-son, Mick (Jill) Smith of Columbus; step-daughter, Ashley (Matt) Beier of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Cort and Kian Schultze, Alexis Kuzma, Austen and Shelby Smith, Payton Lotspeich, and Brianna and Camden Beier; sister, Connie (Roger) Beckmann of Seward; brother-in-law, Hubert Sydik of Raymond. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Wilma Schultze; first wife, Rebecca Schultze; and sister, Sharon Sydik
A memorial service was April 30 with a private family interment at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in Gresham at a later date. Military honors were provided by The American Legion Hartman Post 84 Honor Guard. Memorial contributions are suggested as those of the donor or family choice. Condolences may be left for the family at www.gasshaney.com.