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Donald Eugene Schultz

July 24, 1931 ~ April 24, 2018 (age 86)

Donald Eugene Schultz, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Palm Desert on April 24, 2018 while sitting in his favorite chair.  He was born July 24, 1931 in Long Beach, CA to his parents Vivian Floyd Schultz and Grace Alice Schultz.  He attended Woodrow Wilson High School where he played varsity football and graduated in 1950.  He entered the Army in 1951 and served for three years during the Korean War, receiving the National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge from the Army in 1954 he attended and graduated from what was then Long Beach State College.  It was during his senior year of college he married the love of his life, Norma Goyette, on June 24, 1956 and started a family the following year.  Two sons, John Edward and James Roland, made them loving and caring parents.  A long and successful career with Foster and Kleiser Advertising sent them from living in Long Beach, CA to San Jose, CA, North Olmsted, Ohio and Arlington, Texas.  After his retirement in 1997 they made their home in California again, settling in Palm Desert, CA where they continued to live.  Don and Norma were very involved with their Catholic faith wherever they lived and were also very involved in volunteering in the Palm Desert area.  Don was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Norma and son John Schultz.  He is survived by his son, James Roland Schultz of Texas, nieces Linda Dilday, Christine Goyette Strouse (Tom), Becky Schultz Hall (John), Jenny Schultz Buss, nephew’s Larry Ray (Sheila), Mike Vineyard (Kathy), Jeff Vineyard (Elena), Rod Vineyard (Rema), Doug Schultz, dear companion Rosemarie (Charlie) Langwith and many great nieces and nephews.  He will always be remembered for his loving and caring ways and devotion to all of his family.  He will be truly missed by all of us.  Service will be Tuesday, May 8th, 12 noon at Sacred Heart Church, 43775 Deep Canyon, Palm Desert.  Celebration and lunch to follow in Church hall.  Interment will be Wednesday, May 9th, 11:31 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.  Visit Heritage Dilday Memorial Services to view online service detail.  

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