Thomas H. (Red) Schultz, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 after complications from a fall. Red was born in Appleton on December 22, 1932, the son of Harold “Butch” and Hazel (O’Connell) Schultz. He attended St. Therese Grade School (uphill both ways), Wilson Middle School, and Appleton High School, where he graduated in 1951. Red lettered in football and also played basketball and baseball. Following high school, Red went through basic training at Lewis in Washington and was with the 82nd Airborne in Fort Benning, Georgia. Red was a proud member of the American Legion, Post 38, in Appleton for many years.
On February 11, 1956, Red married Joann (Brown) in Appleton, where they raised five sons, fondly known to all as Geo, Coop, Pony, Bear, and Klink. Red was employed for 50 years at August Winter & Sons as a project engineer before retiring in 2000.
Red enjoyed his Green Bay Packers, holding season tickets for many years and, yes, he was at the Ice Bowl! When he wasn’t playing golf, Red was often found playing cribbage. He loved planning various building and landscaping projects at his home and on many occasions he could be found enjoying the good times at JJ’s and the Capital Centre with his many friends.
Red is survived by his sons Jeff (Sally), Tom Jr. (Lisa), Gary (Mary Jo) and Paul; his grandchildren Lucas (Bri Pemble), Tanner, Jacob (Kara), Morgan (Cody) Cottrell, Emily (Ryan Youngberg), Sophie (Lorik Zymberi), Sam, Josie, Nora and his great grandchild, Teddy. He is also survived by his brother Danny and Danny’s children who he was very close to: Kurt (Nancy Freude), Toni (Mark Shepherd) and Teri (Mark Woessner). Red Is further survived by his sisters-in-law, Joan Schultz and Mary Lou Peerenboom, special friend Judy, nieces, nephews, and many, many friends who will miss his long stories and quick wit.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Joann, his oldest son Scott, his brother John, sister-in-law Joann, brother-in-law Robert and many great friends (Sandy, Clarence, Clark, and Wayne to name just a few). We are all hoping there will be a cribbage board (and a bartender) upon arrival.
The family would like to thank Red’s wonderful neighbors, Dave and Sue, for their help and friendship throughout the years, Tony Van Rooy and Pat Rathsack who answered his call every time he had a project and who he considered part of the family. His doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers at Theda Clark and Peabody Manor have our heartfelt thanks.
Private family services will be held, and a celebration of his life will take place at a later date.
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