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Ronald Frank Schulz, 86, of De Soto, Kansas passed away Wednesday July 19, 2023. He was the son of F. H. Edward Schulz and Esther Helen Schulz. Ron was born June 23, 1937, he was raised in St Louis, Missouri and received a bachelor's degree from Missouri School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri. He also received an officers commission in the US Army at that time.
Ron met Sarah Woodrome, who became his wife of 63 years, March 16, 1958 at Linwood Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, Missouri while visiting Kansas City with a fraternity buddy. Ron Schulz and Sarah married June 6, 1959 at the same church.
Ron was hired by Texas Gas Transmission Corporation, February 8, 1960 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Their daughter, Helen Jean was born at the end of the same year. After Helen's birth, Sarah was expecting again. Ron was called to duty in Germany with the US Army Corp of Engineers. Ron learned while he was in Germany, he was the father of twin boys, David and Richard. Ron returned to Kansas City where Sarah was living with her parents to help with the children. They soon returned to Owensboro, Kentucky.
Ron took pride in his role as husband and father. His corny “dad” jokes made us laugh. He led the family in a short devotion before weekday breakfast when we became teens. Ron was proud of his children. He worked to send Helen, his violinist, to summer music camps locally, also to Interlochen, Michigan and Bowdoin, Maine. With his twins, dad never turned down an invitation to play catch, built a soap box derby car of sorts with them, became a leader in scouting, ran road races with them, attended their baseball games, never complained about his twins working on cars in the driveway and always had time to talk.
Ron rose long before sunrise as long as remembered to read God's Word and pray daily in the living room. He desired to “walk with God” more than anything. In the late 1970's, Ron worked with a few others to found the Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPC) in Owensboro, Kentucky which later became Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA). Ron was the first elder for that congregation. He taught Sunday school there and even picked up his lone student at times so the boy could make it to church. While in Owensboro, dad was a caregiver for his parents when they came to live near and later with them.
Ron and Sarah moved to De Soto, Kansas in December 2018. They said it was because of the PCA church in the area (Redeemer Presbyterian Church). They both became members soon after arrival.
Ron's bride Sarah, of 63 years, preceded him in death, passing away January 23, 2023.
Ron is survived by his younger sister, Rita Harris of Madison, Wisconsin.
Ron is survived by his daughter, Helen J. Bohannon and her husband Tim Bohannon of New Albany, Indiana, grandson Duncan Bohannon and his wife Shelley and granddaughter Rachel Baker and her husband Robert Baker Jr., two great grandchildren Coraline Bohannon and River Baker.
Ron is survived by his son, David E. Schulz and his wife Tina of Elkhart, Indiana, granddaughter Chelsea Pontius and her husband Richard Pontius, great grandchildren Adam, Apryll, Korah and Allen.
Ron is survived by his son Richard A. Schulz and his wife Stacie Schulz of De Soto, Kansas, granddaughter Ashley R. Voelker and her husband Kurt Voelker, grandson Joshua E. Schulz, grandson Caleb J. Schulz and his wife Andrea Schulz and Dillon Torello, great grandchildren Liam, Lydia and Levi Voelker.
Ron will be buried at Maple Grove Cemetery beside his wife Sarah and her parents, her grandparents and many other relatives of the Woodrome, Thatcher and Ramsey families.
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9333 W 159 St.
Overland Park, KS 66221
9333 W 159 St.
Overland Park, KS 66221
Oregon, MO 64473