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Joseph Schultz - February 02, 2012


Joseph William Schultz was born April 16, 1918, at Lamar, Neb., to Frank and Louanna (Freeland) Schultz. He grew up and attended school near Lamar, graduating from Lamar High School in 1936.
Joe was inducted into the U.S. Army on Aug. 18, 1943, and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during WWII. He was discharged on Nov. 1, 1945, after receiving a Purple Heart and returned to the Lamar area.
Joe married Norma Jean Einspahr on July 21, 1952, in Holyoke, Colo., and the couple settled in Muleshoe, Texas, where he worked for Ed Meyers Aviation. They lived in Texas several years before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., and then on to Black Forest, Colo., where they owned and operated an antique store. Joe also had a trash and recycling business in Black Forest. The recycling business would provide clothes, blankets, etc., which he would gather and take to Indian children in New Mexico state. He loved the Indian children and would make a delivery about every two months.
Joe and Norma retired in 1980 and relocated to Shiner, Texas, where they had a small acreage. His hobbies included raising pygmy goats. The couple later moved to Port Lavaca, Texas, and they spent almost every day on the beach before moving back to Nebraska in 2000.
Joe passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Heritage of Wauneta Nursing Home, Wauneta, Neb. He was 93 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Norma (Einspahr) in 2011.
Survivors include half sister, Mava Jane Hurd and husband, Ralph, of Imperial, Neb.; cousin, Arrie Anna Bentz of Imperial; sister-in-law, Beulah Purdy of Wauneta; brothers-in-law, Wayne Einspahr and wife, Shirley, of Sutherland, Neb., Alvin Einspahr and wife, Kay, of Enders, Neb., Don Einspahr and wife, Pat, of McCook, Neb.; sisters-in-law, Marty Einspahr of Indianola, Neb., Delores and husband, Claude Cappel of McCook; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2012, 10:30 a.m. at the Immanuel Missionary Church, Wauneta, with Pastor Gary Hunt officiating.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences can be left at liewerfuneralhome.com
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.