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Wilfried "Wilf" Schulz was born to Reinhold and Minna Schulz in Marienwerder, Germany on January 31, 1937. He spent his formative years in Juterbog, Germany. During this time, he witnessed the Russian occupation of East Germany, and had many stories to share with family and friends about his life during and after WW2. While growing up, Wilf developed a love of all things mechanical, especially automobiles, which led him to enter an automotive repair apprenticeship at the age of 13. In 1953, he and his family escaped from East Germany to West Berlin, settling later that year in Hattingen Ruhr, West Germany. In West Germany, Wilf completed his apprenticeship and held jobs as a mechanic in coal mines and rail yards. During his youth, he enjoyed seeing American movies (especially Westerns). Sometime during this period, he decided that when he could, he would emigrate to the U.S. In 1956, he emigrated to Montreal, Canada, where he met his future spouse, Margaret. They married November 18, 1961 in Winnipeg, Canada. In 1962, the couple did emigrate to the U.S., settling in Pinewood Springs, Colorado in 1964, where he resided until his death. Wilf had a passion for automobiles, which culminated in him opening his own repair shop in 1968. He never saw a car he didn't like, but was especially fond of Mercedes and Chrysler products. Wilf was an avid skier, and was fond of telling stories of how occupying Russian soldiers taught him to ski when he was a boy. He wanted to share his passion for skiing, so became a ski instructor in 1965 at Hidden Valley (Rocky Mountain National Park). After the permanent closure of Hidden Valley, Wilf taught at Loveland Ski Area and most recently at Eldora Mountain Resort. He became a member of Professional Ski Instructors of America in 1973, and remained a member until his death. He truly enjoyed the outdoors, and aside from skiing, enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and water skiing. Above all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Wilf was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother, Frieda. He is survived by his wife Margaret, brothers Manfred, Siegfried, Lothar and Friedhelm, all of Germany. Stepsisters Ursula, Christl and Irmgard, also of Germany. He is also survived by his daughter Maureen Sowder, her husband Tracy and their daughter Briley, his son Michael and wife Shana, and granddaughters Megan, Tanya, Tara and Michaela. He also had many surviving cousins, nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at the Pinewood Springs Community Church Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers the family would like a donation to crossroads Ministry or Children's Hospital. To leave a message for the family visit please www.allnutt.com
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Jan. 13, 2017
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