Richard L. Schultz passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Wash.
Richard was born in Indianapolis, Ind. on Aug. 18, 1935. He served in the U.S. Navy SEABEES from 1952 through 1971 as a construction mechanic and Navy hard-hat diver. He wintered over in the Antarctic in 1958-59 for 13 months and operated with a special SEABEES team in Laos in 1959-60. He served three tours in Vietnam in 1965-66 and 1968-69. He retired from his military service while on recruiting duty in Pierre, S.D. in May 1971.
He then moved on to a 10-year career in law enforcement in New Mexico and earned a Bachelors Degree in Police Science from New Mexico State University.
He and his family relocated to Marysville, Wash. where he was a Snohomish County Coroner and retired in 1987 after changing the county from a Coroner System to a Medical Examiner System.
He then brought his family to Clallam Bay, Wash. where he owned and operated D&E Auto Marine Repair from 1987 to 1992, and then owned and operated D&E Auto Parts from 1992 to 1996.
He retired from the automotive business and moved to Port Angeles, Wash. where he was club manager, treasurer and secretary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #483 from 1997 through 2002.
He met his current wife in August 2001 and they relocated to Hermiston where they have lived a happy life of traveling, hunting and socializing for the last six years.
He is preceeded in death by his son Kenneth Lee and his first wife Erna Joan.
He is survived by his loving wife of five years, Nancy; his children Ron Schulz of San Angelo, Texas; Chris Schulz of Everett, Wash.: Tim Schulz of West Virginia; Ginger Lee of Washington, D.C. and Kelly Schimetz and her husband Robin of Cheney, Wash. and stepchildren Kim & Donnie Fitzpatrick, James Johnson and Kevin Johnson.
He leaves behind his grandchildren Terry, Kathleen, Danny, Wendy, Joey, Christopher, Brandon, Shelby, Jessica, Shawna, Kevin, Nicole, Hannah and Keifer and two great-grandchilden Landon Giovanni Reeves and Peyton Alexander Reeves.
Services were held Feb. 24 at Port Angeles, Wash.