KENNETH NASH SCHULZ, 83
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AUBURNDALE - Mr. Kenneth Nash Schulz, age 83 a resident of Auburndale, FL. passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 due to complications from a stroke.
Mr. Schulz was born November 9, 1929 in Winter Haven, FL. to William Henry and Edith Palmer (Nash) Schulz. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Barbara Buell Schulz (2006) and his daughter, Diane Reichert (2001). Kenneth is survived by his wife, Wanda W. Schulz and his children, daughter Linda (Roger) Cargo and 2 sons, Steven K. Schulz & Dennis C. Schulz, 1 granddaughter, Toni (Paul) Jarvis and 1 great granddaughter, Diana Jarvis.
Ken grew up in Winter Haven and was very active in Boy Scouts of America & obtained the status of Eagle Scout. He worked in the family nursery which his father started in 1916, growing into a 58 acre fernery producing asparagus fern for the northern market. Ken graduated from Winter Haven High School class of 1947. He then attended college at the University of Florida graduating in 1952 with a B.S.A. degree in horticulture and was a member of the ATO fraternity.
Upon graduation Ken joined the United States Army Artillery as a 1st Lieutenant and was stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C. & Fort Sill, OK. In 1954 he was honorably discharged from the Army and returned to Winter Haven to the nursery business. Ken and his father developed a trial plant nursery, which grew into two hundred acres in Auburndale known as Polk Nursery Company, Inc. Ken became owner & operator of Polk Nursery Company, Inc. in 1956 until its closing in 2011. He achieved many accomplishments at Polk Nursery, including inventing the poly sleeve container, developing the first 2 gallon Rose Program, the first major grower in Florida to use ploy containers, Osmocote and peat pots and designing cold protection of containers with water. He served 5 years as Governor of the American Association of Nurserymen and also served as president of the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association. Ken was an active member of the Winter Haven community serving as president of the Winter Haven Jaycees, president of the Winter Haven Rotary Club, Advisor on the Gulf Ridge Council Boy Scouts and Director of the Heart of Florida Girl Scouts. He was active on numerous bank advisory boards and was awarded the Banker's Cup Man of the Year in 1973. During his involvement with the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce, he served as president in 1977-1978. He was the campaign chairman of the Lake Region United Way in 1977 and then served as president in 1978-1979.
Ken was appointed as a City Commissioner in 1968 replacing Congressman Andy Ireland's seat and served as commissioner from 1968-1970. In 1970 he was elected to Mayor and served as Mayor from 1970-1975. He was a three time commissioner and five time Mayor winning all the his elections by popular ballot. He was a longtime member of the Beymer United Methodist Church in Winter Haven. He served as a trustee and taught Sunday school for many years. Ken became a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakeland, FL. when he married his wife, Wanda.
A celebration of life will be held Mon. Nov. 4 at 1:00 PM at All Saints Episcopal Church, 201 S. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland. The Reverend Dr. Al W. Jenkins will be officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Schulz's name to either: Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL. 33823 OR Gulf Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America, Lake Region District, 13228 N. Central Ave., Tampa, FL. 33612.
Funeral Arrangements By: Kersey Funeral Home, 108 East Lake Stella Dr., Auburndale, FL.
Kersey Funeral Home
108 Lake Stella Drive
Auburndale, FL 33823
Published in Ledger from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2013