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William Schulte, 1951-2020

Funeral services for William “Bill” Richard Schulte, 68, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Lutheran Church. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Military rites will be performed by the Albert Lea American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

William Schulte

William “Bill” Richard Schulte died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at his home.

Bill was born Oct. 16, 1951, at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea to William Bernard Schulte and Rose Katherine (VanHeel) Schulte. Bill grew up in Albert Lea and attended Albert Lea High school and graduated in 1969. Bill attended Winona State University and got his degree in business management. When Bill graduated, he worked for the Pfizer company. Bill served in the Army National Guard for six years. Bill worked part time at Wherhauser and Wilson & Co. in Albert Lea, where he worked while in high school.

Bill was united in marriage to Frances Alice (Kycek) Schulte on Jan. 7, 2020, at their home in Albert Lea. Bill was married to Frances for only 2 weeks before he went to see his Lord on Jan. 21.

Bill was affiliated with St. Theodore Catholic Church and First Lutheran, where Bill and Frances attended together. Bill was a member of the American Legion and the Eagles in Albert Lea. Bill loved to do artwork (paintings and drawings) and he loved to plant flowers around their home. Bill’s favorite pastimes were attending church with his wife, Frances.

Dianna and Dean both loved calling their grandpa, Bill, “PAPI.” He loved spending time with his family and traveling. Bill and Frances loved spending time exercising at Snap Fitness. Bill loved teaching the second grade in Las Vegas. Bill volunteered in helping his sister, Sharon, for three months after surgery and going to see his sister, Patty, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community. When Sharon called Bill saying she needed his help to care for her after her hip surgery, he uprooted his life in Las Vegas to help Sharon in their home in Albert Lea, not knowing how long his help would be needed.

Bill met Frances at Trumbles with their classmates on Oct. 19, 2017, after 48 years of being out of high school. It was “PERFECT” ever since!

Bill is survived by his wife, Frances (Kycek) Schulte. Bill and Frances were united in marriage Jan. 7, 2020, at their home. He is also survived by his children Chris (Meryl) Schulte and John Schulte; grandchildren Dianna and Dean Schulte; two sisters, Sharon ( Charles) Conicelli and Patricia (Darrel) Johndro; stepchildren Victoria (Reyes) Martinez, Maschelle Williams, Christina (Jermey) McDaniel, Jessica (Jesse) Lee, Patricia (Jordan) Flatness, Frances Swenson and James Swenson; and many nieces, nephews and stepgrandchildren who loved Bill very much.

May God please bless Bill’s soul. Amen.

“I love you sweetheart Honey Bill; my heart is breaking without you.”

Bill was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, infant sister, (Mary Lou), and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorials are preferred to the Peace and Power TV broadcast of the 8 a.m. service at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.