Obituary

Robert Shultz

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May 29, 2012

Robert "Bob" E. Shultz, 79, of Dallas, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Dallas on November 28, 1932, Bob was a son of the late Monroe and Leona Frey Shultz. Bob graduated from Dallas Township High School in 1950, and served in the Army during the Korean War. After completion of his tour, he returned home for a short time before joining the Air Force. He served his country as an air traffic controller for 26 years, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. His tours of duty included Germany, Austria, Vietnam and several assignments in Southeast Asia. A master air traffic controller with a combat specialty, Bob earned and was awarded many distinctive medals, among them the Vietnam Cross of Merit from the Republic of South Vietnam for his actions during the conflict, as well as the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Prior to his retirement, he was the NCOIC at the 2069 communications squadron, 474th TAC fighter wing at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. After retiring from the Air Force, he was employed at Owens Illinois in Pittston. An avid golfer, Bob also enjoyed playing guitar and baseball. He enjoyed his family and attending family gatherings. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his sister, Arlene Shultz Boyes, and brothers, Gerald and Walter Shultz. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Evelyn Roberts Shultz, Dallas; daughter, Margaret Shultz and son-in-law, David Schwartz, Andover, N.J.; sons, Robert M. Shultz, Las Vegas, Nev.; Le Roy and Debbie Bower Shultz, Larksville; grandchildren, Joseph, Christopher and Anthony Jackson, Samantha, Robert and PFC Mitchell Shultz, USMC; great-grandchildren, Evelyn Jackson, New Jersey; Michelle Jackson, Texas; Elijah and Daniel Jackson, Texas; sister, La Berta Shultz Merithew, Dallas; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Military Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 11 a.m. from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. Interment with Military Honors will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Dallas. Friends may call Monday, June 4, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Erlich and his staff at Geisinger Fox Chase Henry Cancer Center and the staff of Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South. Memorial donations may be made to Geisinger's Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, 1000 East Mountain Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711 or to Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South, 25 Church Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18765.
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Published in Times Leader on June 2, 2012
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