MD Schultz

Obituary of MD Schultz

Arthur E. Schultz, M.D., 91, of Tallahassee, FL, and formerly of Hilton Head Island, SC, and Okemos, MI, passed away on August 26, 2008, in Newport Hospital while visiting his oldest child Betty Ann Czech and her husband Ted of Portsmouth, RI. Dr. Schultz was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Betty Kralik Schultz, and is survived by their eight children and their families. A respected ophthalmological surgeon, Dr. Schultz practiced in East Lansing, MI, for 30 years and served as president of the Michigan Ophthalmological Society. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club, and the Michigan Polar-Equator Club. He received his medical degree from the University of Detroit and his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. He graduated from Ecorse (MI) High School, where he held a 30-year track record. He was a World War II veteran. Dr. Schultz and his wife enjoyed retirement on Hilton Head Island, SC, for nearly 25 years. They cherished many friendships, the hospitable climate, and natural beauty of the area. Dr. Schultz spent his final year and a half with his daughter Carolyn Schultz, her husband, George Bates, and their sons, Alex and Luke Bates, in Tallahassee, FL. His avocations included world travel, photography, horticulture, hunting, fishing, and joke-telling. Throughout his life, he founded and led numerous organizations, most recently the Hilton Head Plantation Fishing Club. Dr. and Mrs. Schultz inaugurated and coordinated the Children's Fishing Tournament on Hilton Head Island. Dr. and Mrs. Schultz's children are Betty Ann Czech (Ted) of Portsmouth, RI; Fritz Schultz (Susan) of Corydon, IN; Dr. Will Schultz (Ingrid), of Okemos, MI; Carolyn Schultz (George Bates) of Tallahassee, FL; Marilyn Bessette of Olympia, WA; Dick Schultz (Cathie) of Culebra, Puerto Rico; Art Schultz of East Lansing, MI; and Tom Schultz (Jasmine) of Reston, VA. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Donations may be made to Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33073; St. John Catholic Student Parish, 327 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823; and Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307-3115. A Mass will be celebrated for Dr. Schultz on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. at St. Barnabas Church, East Main Rd., Portsmouth. The celebration of the life of Dr. Schultz and the commemoration of the second anniversary of Mrs. Schultz's death will be held on Sat., Dec. 6, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis by the Sea Church, Hilton Head Island, SC. A reception will follow.
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