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Dr. Richard Schultz


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Dr. Richard Schultz

Dr. Richard D. Schultz, age 83 of Sioux Falls, died March 25, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village. He was born on January 25, 1934 in Portland, Oregon. He attended Reed College in Portland and graduated with a B. A. Degree in 1955. He then attended the University of Oregon Medical School and Clinics where he graduated with a M.D. degree. He interned at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone. He took his residency in Pathology at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland from 1960 - 1964. His specialty degree in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology was received in 1964. He also got a specialty degree in Skin Pathology in 1980.

Richard served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as a doctor and captain from 1964 - 1966 at William Beaumont General Hospital in El Paso, Texas. He moved to Sioux Falls in 1966, joining the Laboratory of Clinical Medicine and served as a pathologist at Sioux Valley Hospital (now Sanford Hospital). After 33 years of practice he retired in 1999. He also was the first medical doctor to serve as the Minnehaha County Coroner, serving from 1966 - 1981.

His first wife was Karen Shultz who he married in 1963 and divorced in 1974. They had three children; a son Mark Schultz, and two daughters, Lee (A.J.) Jackson and Troy (Dan) Tripp. There are four grandchildren, Grace, Garett, and Genevieve Tripp and Caleb Jackson.

In 1975 he married Melba Taggart. She had five children; Marcia (Phil) Leahigh, Mary (Scott) Kenner, James (Staci) Taggart, David Taggart and Melissa Taggart.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Richard M. Schultz and Dorothy F. Schultz of Portland, Oregon and his wife, Melba of Sioux Falls.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. In honor of Dick's love of food there will be a meal provided for all attending the visitation. www.heritagesfsd.com. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorials be directed to the Active Generations Center in Sioux Falls.
Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 29, 2017
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