Herbert Schultz, 75, West Des Moines, Iowa

Published 9:02 am Friday, January 7, 2011

Herbert Ludwig Schultz, 75, of West Des Moines, Iowa, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at VA Medical Center in Des Moines.


He was born Aug. 18, 1935, in Somerset Township, the son of Ludwig and Marie (Pump) Schultz. He attended country school and moved with his family to Albert Lea where he attended high school. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1955 earning the rank of Corporal until his honorable discharge in 1958. He married Eileen Wanous in 1959 and in their union they had three children. They farmed in Litomysl and he also worked at Josten’s. In 1960, he worked for Truth until 1969 when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, yet continued to help on the farm. In 1992, he moved to West Des Moines, Iowa, with Denise Brostad and they were married in 2001.

Herb enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, cribbage and casinos.

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He is survived by his wife, Denise Schultz, of West Des Moines, Iowa; children: Rick Schultz, of Owatonna, Deb Zago, of Austin, and Rebecca (and Joe) Elert, of Des Moines; stepchildren: Christopher Smilich, Shawn (and Julie) Smilich and Amanda Smilich. Herbert is also survived by a brother, Don (and Judy) Schultz, of Medford; three sisters: Leola (and Chuck) Stolass, of Albert Lea, Hilda Sellner, of Albert Lea, and Shirley (and Richard) Nelson, of Albert Lea; and seven grandchildren: Nicholas (and Angie) Zago, Samantha Elert, Matthew Schultz, Dimitri Clark, Colton Elert, Dacia Clark and Chase Smilich.

He was preceded in death by his parents: grandson, Mark Schultz; a sister, Elouise Larson; and four brothers: Ervin, Lester, Laverne and Leroy.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Michaelson Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Espe officiating. Interment will be in the Steele Center Cemetery, Somerset Township. Military honors will be provided by the Steele County Military Funeral Unit.

Memorials are preferred to Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.