In Loving Memory of Judy and Dennis Schulte
Dennis Leo Schulte, 66, and Judith Kay (Dwyer) Schulte, 68, of both Kokomo and Seattle, Wash., died Monday, March 25, 2013, in Seattle, Wash.
Dennis was born Aug. 17, 1946 in Reed City, Mich., to Ralph and Evelyn “Jackie” Schulte. He graduated from Mesquite High School, Mesquite, Texas in 1965.
Dennis served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1970. He received his basic training at Fort Polk, La., where he also completed his Advanced Infantry Training. In 1967, Dennis was deployed to Vietnam as a supply sergeant. He extended the normal 18-month tour of duty to an additional 22 months so that his brothers, John and Paul, who were also serving in the military, would not have to go to Vietnam. Dennis completed his service honorably as supply staff sergeant at Fort Hood, Texas.
Dennis and Judy were married at St. Patrick Church in Kokomo, on June 25, 1971, after both of their mothers conspired to have Judy and Dennis “accidentally” meet each other.
Dennis graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1973 and completed his Masters Degree in Mathematics at Purdue University in 1980. From 1973 to 2006, Dennis taught math at Western High School, Russiaville, where he was known for hosting weekly “Game Days” in his classroom. He coached both football and wrestling. He was not only a coach, but a lifetime mentor to those students that he taught and coached. He remained in touch with many. He was a favorite, adored by his students and will be missed by his students and co-workers. Uncle Dennis also shared his wrestling skills with his nephews and great-nephews. They call him lovingly, “The Wrestling Guy.” Dennis’ proudest coaching moments were those that he spent coaching his son, Dan.
More than just a football fan, 25 years ago Dennis and friend Jeff Hunt founded SHAFT (Schulte Hunt Association of Football Teams.) Dennis served the entire 25 years as commissioner. This was the first Fantasy Football League in Howard County and the second league formed in the United States. Dennis loved and studied sports thoroughly. If asked who played shortstop on a baseball team in 1934, Denny would know. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Detroit Red Wings fan. He also enjoyed reading mysteries and studying history.
Judy was born Feb. 1, 1945, in Kokomo, to William Joseph and Sarah Carothers Dwyer. She attended Lincoln Elementary School and St. Patrick School. Judy graduated from Kokomo High School in 1963. She then began her college career at Indiana University, Seiberling Campus and the Kokomo Campus before transferring to the Bloomington Campus. She worked as a library assistant at all three campuses. When the campus moved from the Seiberling site to Washington Street, Judy and her sister, Susan, packed and moved the library books. Once arriving at the new site, they took great pleasure in working together to change each book from the Dewey Decimal System to Library of Congress System and then redoing the entire card catalog by hand. Judy continued her love of books by joining a book club during her retirement years.
Judy earned her B.S. in secondary education at Indiana University in 1967, a Master of Arts in Teaching at Indiana University in 1969 and a School Secondary Counselor Certificate in 1993 also at I.U. with credits from Purdue University.
From 1967 to 1968, Judy taught English at Maple Crest Junior High School, Kokomo, where she also sponsored the Drama Club. From 1969 to 1988, she taught English at Kokomo High School, where she provided leadership to Girl’s League and the National Honor Society. She accepted a position as guidance counselor at Northwestern High School in Howard County in 1988 and was appointed director of guidance in 1998. While at Northwestern, Judy took leadership of the Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship Selection Committee, Peer Helpers, New Student Q & A Group, Honor Program, Special Need Programs, the NOA Advanced Students Organization and was founder and leader of Students Against Drunk Driving at Northwestern.
Always the family focused woman, Judy organized many Schulte-Dwyer activities, bringing the two large families together as a fun-loving, vital extended family. Judy was interested in the Irish genealogy of her Dwyer family. She dreamed of traveling to County Kilkenny, Ireland. She was in love with literature and language and was a devotee of the NPR programs “A Way With Words” and “The Writers Almanac,” as well as Dylan Thomas and other 20th century authors and poets. Along with Dennis, Judy enjoyed volunteering in her daughter’s classroom during her retirement.
Judy also worked closely with several county wide scholarship and social agencies in leadership positions. Judy founded the annual “Eye of the Heart Award” modeled after the athletic Eye of the Tiger Award. The award goes to students who overcome major obstacles in their lives. She was a member of the Kokomo Mayor’s Youth Council.
Always a teacher, Judy extended her love of teaching to her community. She was a member of Russiaville United Methodist Church and Director of Sunday School Education, which included working with the Kids Club and the youth group. She also helped with the church newsletter. She founded and taught ATTIC Sunday School Classes for young adults and grandparents. Their first meetings were held in the old church attic. Judy’s faith in God and her belief in the power of prayer was an example to many around her.
Together, Dennis and Judy founded and ran the Buddy Bags program to ensure that children at Western School left each Friday with enough food for the weekend. They continued to organize and direct the program after they moved to Seattle.
They moved to Seattle to spend time with their grandson, who was born March 15. The last 10 days of their lives were filled with joy!
Dennis and Judy are survived by their daughter, Marilyn Sue Schulte, Indianapolis, (Scott Rice); son, Daniel Martin Schulte; their daughter-in-law, Karina Ulriksen-Schulte; and newborn grandson, Elias José Schulte, Seattle, Wash.; as well as a son of the heart, Timothy McElfresh (Joseph and Makenzie).
Dennis is survived by his sister, Susan Tanner (Rick); brother, Paul (Sherry), Kokomo; sister-in-law, Kathy, Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces and nephews.
Judy is survived by her brother, Dr. J. Hugh Dwyer (Jo), Philipsburg, Pa., and Kokomo; and sisters, Susan Morton (Steve), Cottonwood, Minn.; Mary Pat Burrous (Sam), Walton, Ruth Dwyer (Dean Spenner), Indianapolis; sister-in-law, Rita Hedges, North Vernon; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sarah I. Dwyer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, John Schulte.
Judy and Dennis were also preceded in death by their beloved nephew, Justin R. Burrous.
Services for Dennis and Judy will be held at 7 p.m. today in the gymnasium at Western High School, 2600 S. 600 W, Russiaville. Family will receive visitors in the gymnasium from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Stout & Son Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Karina and Elias Schulte Fund https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aTM78, Russiaville United Methodist Church and Western School Buddy Bags, The Guidance Help Fund of Northwestern High School and Memorial Scholarship at Northwestern and Western high schools.