Obituary: Ray S. Schulz
Services for Ray S. "Jiggs" Schulz, 94, Great Bend, were Monday, July 30, at First Christian Church, Great Bend, with the Rev. William F. Johnson officiating. Burial was at Great Bend Cemetery.
Mr. Schulz died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend.
He was born April 4, 1913, near Seward, the son of Herman and Elizabeth Walters Schulz. He was a lifetime resident of the Great Bend area.
Mr. Schulz attended Country School the first five grades and after his family moved to Great Bend in 1923, he attended and finished all elementary grades and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1931. He attended Maryland University at College Park, Md., and received his bachelor of arts from Washburn University in 1941 and his law degree in 1943.
He served from 1935 to 1938 as a traffic officer of the Metropolitan Police Force of Washington, D.C.
He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on Dec. 15, 1942, and was given a 1st Class Petty Officer rating. He was assigned to duty at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., to assemble all the enlisted personnel records of the Washington area by International Business Machine accounting methods. He was promoted and commissioned Ensign because of his accomplishments on July 6, 1943.
He served in the Pacific area making five voyages to the Phoenix Gilbert, Marshall and Hawaiian islands. He was given a medical discharge April 21, 1945, of the grade of Lt. Junior.
Mr. Schulz was the first assistant county attorney in Barton County, serving six years. He practiced law for 53 years in Great Bend. He was past president of the Barton County Bar Association of the Great Bend noon Lions Club of the Barton County Republican Central Committee.
He served as commander of the American Legion Argonne Post 180 and of the Seventh District and Past State Commander of the Department of Kansas, all of the American Legion.
He was past president of the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters in Kansas. He held life memberships in the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Barton County and the State of Kansas Historical Societies and the Kansas Ornithology Society, Elks and VFW Post 3111.
He was a member of all Masonic bodies and the Elks Club.
He was chapter chairman of the Barton County Red Cross and brought the Bloodmobile program to the county. Mr. Schulz served on the Great Bend and the Central Kansas Library System boards having been chairman of both boards several terms. He also served and was president of the Great Bend Tree Board.
He was founder and president of the Barton County Historical Society for 15 years. He maintained an interest in local history most of his life.
He was a member of the First Christian Church of Great Bend.
He married Genevieve Fryberger on June 10, 1937, in Great Bend. She died July 4, 1977. He married Helen Schwartz Suellentrop on June 20, 1981. She died Sept. 15, 2003.
Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Dyas, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Kim Schulz, Linwood; two grandchildren; a stepgrandson; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Four sisters and six brothers preceded him in death.
Kimple Funeral Home in Ellinwood was in charge of arrangements.