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Donald Ray Schultz, age 84, of Gowen, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from his home.  The son of Raymond August & Lucille Evelyn (Haase) Schultz, he was born on December 31, 1936 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

After graduating from high school, Don enlisted in the United States Air Force and honorably served our country from 1958-1962.  He worked as an auto mechanic for many years and will long be remembered for his ability to fix just about anything.

A longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, Don had served as a deacon for many years.  He loved his family, his church, and was always willing to help those in need.  Don loved the outdoors, traveling, and playing and watching sports  —  if a family member was playing, he was in the stands! He had a heart of gold and was a mentor to many.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  his first wife, Mary Schultz;  a brother, Bob Schultz;  his father-in-law, Robert Bennett, Sr.;  and a brother-in-law, Robert Bennett, Jr.

Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Debbie (Bennett-Russell) Schultz;  his daughters, Connie & Arnie Bowers, Terry & Tim Roberto, and Leslie Schultz;  two grandsons, Dallas and Drew;  five granddaughters, Alyse, Taisen, Emily, Taylor and Landyn;  four great-granddaughters;  his mother-in-law, Doreen Bennett;  four step-children, Fred Russell, Marty & Chancey Russell, Alisha Russell, and James Russell;  step-grandchildren, Freddie, Noah, Robert, Christian, Murvey, Logan, Jimmy, Alen, Autumn, and Averi;  a brother and two sisters-in-law, Jack & Peny Schultz, and Marge Shultz;  siblings-in-law, Ronald & Carmen Bennett, Susan & Mike Seif, Patty & Gordy Ridgeway; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family is from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Calvary Baptist Church, 12501 Montcalm Road N.E., Greenville, where memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021.  The Rev. R. Mark Shaw, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, will officiate and military honors will be rendered by the United States Air Force.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don to the Clay Street Center Adult Day Services (which provides respite for caregivers) would be appreciated (

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Don’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. William scofield on April 26, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Don was one of my Best mechanics we worked together for many year’s sorry for the loss.

  2. Kathy Maguire on April 27, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    I appreciated Don’s willingness to help in time of need especially with our cars. Honorable man.

  3. Gerald Tovatt on April 28, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Connie, Arnie, Terry, Leslie, and family; I am so very sorry for your loss. I certainly enjoyed the time I knew him. He did love his girls, and you were wonderful daughters to him after your mom’s death. I am happy he was able to enjoy so many years with Debbie.

  4. Michelle Nitengale on April 29, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Jeff and I will always remember the trip to Beaver Island with Don as well as the trip to Grand Island with the newlyweds
    Don and Debbie. It is still one of those times we talk about and laugh as we think of Don and Debbie. A mountain biking trip in a rain storm tested both our marriages. Thankful for that time with Don and Debbie together.

    What a testimony to living out what God wants for your lives in loving God and loving others. We will miss you Don!

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