LEWISVILLE - Funeral services for Vernon Schultz, 95, Lewisville, Minn., will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lewisville, with Rev. Brian Thorson officiating. Interment with full military honors by Lewisville American Legion Post 561 will be held in the church cemetery.
Vernon died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at Mayo Health Systems-Mankato. Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Zaharia Family Funeral & Cremation Service of Truman, and one hour before the services in the church.
Vernon Ernest Arthur Schultz was born March 8, 1917, to Ernest and Marie (Wiederhoeft) Schultz. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Lewisville. In 1936, Vernon joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and proudly served until 1940. He worked primarily at Flandreau State Park in New Ulm. Many structures built by the CCC boys can still be seen at the park today. On Feb. 22, 1941, Vernon was united in marriage to Loretta Maus in Whittier, Calif. In 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. During his military service, Vernon was trained as an airplane mechanic and eventually was put in charge of training crew chiefs for the P-51 fighter planes. Vernon was very proud of his contributions during the war effort and became a charter member of the Lewisville American Legion Post 561. Vernon was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Lewisville. Later in life, Vernon found a new passion in golf, at age 68.
Vernon is survived by two daughters, Sharon Gribble of Roseville and Janet Marko of Apple Valley; four grandsons, Phillip, Andrew and William Gribble and Jeffry Marko; seven great grandchildren and one sister, Marvel Gens of Madelia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 46 years, Loretta; one brother, Ewald Schultz; one sister, Valeria Hasselhop and long-time companion, Marilyn Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to Zion Lutheran Church in Lewisville.