Robert “Bob” William Schultz
Robert “Bob” William Schultz, 77, of Chatham, IL, is at home now with Jesus, his Lord and Savior. He passed away unexpectedly due to COVID on Saturday, January 9, 2021 in Fort Myers, FL.
Bob was born February 7, 1943 in Portage, WI to Frank H. and Isabel I. Schultz. He graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School in 1961, graduated with a teaching degree at UW Stevens Point 1965, and later earned a master’s degree at Winona State University. Bob married his high school sweetheart Judy Kasdorf on August 10, 1963. They had two children, Robyn and Robert.
During high school, Bob played basketball, football, baseball and he wrestled. He received state recognition as a linebacker in football. He played football on the UW Pointer’s team before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers when Vince Lombardi coached. Bob was inducted into the Wisconsin Dells Sports Hall of Fame in June of 2019.
After teaching in Florida for a year, Bob taught at the Delton Elementary School in 1968 as well as being the assistant football coach at Wisconsin Dells High School. In 1969 they moved to Nekoosa where Bob taught high school physical education and was head coach of the Nekoosa Papermakers football, curling, and golf teams, as well as assistant coach for various other sports. In 1976, the family moved to Springfield, Illinois where he was a Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance salesman and financial advisor. Bob continued his career in football by becoming a college football referee for over 10 years, retiring just recently to care for Judy.
Bob was a gentle giant, and not only in stature and achievement. He was the patriarch to a family who clearly meant everything to him. Judy and Bob were active members of New Life Church in Auburn, IL for 35 years. Bob enjoyed all competitive contests, was conscious of health and exercise (but loved his nightly bowl of ice cream), had a dry sense of humor, was determined (stubborn), and volunteered for many causes, too numerous to list. Those who had the honor of traveling with him understand why his kids and grandkids lovingly refer to him as The King of finding the cheapest gas around, even in Missouri.
Survivors include: Judy, his beloved wife of 57 years; daughter, Robyn (Michael) Filardo Campbell, CA; son, Robert (Lori) Schultz Stevens Point, WI; brother, Richard (Eunice) Schultz Wausau, WI; brother, John Schultz Arkdale, WI; sister, Marie (Lester) Kirchner Arkdale, WI; grandchildren, Desiree, Gianni, Shea, Andrew, Lilly, Simon; as well as great-grandchildren, Crew, Jack, Beck.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Isabel and sister Monica (McCormick).
A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com
Contributions in memory of Robert William Schultz can be sent by check to: Operation Boot, Strap, 5000 Heffron St., Stevens Point, WI 54481 or New Life Church, 303 S. Clover Lane, Auburn, IL 62615 or to the Salvation Army https://give.salvationarmyusa.org.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com or to Robyn Filardo, 23 Heritage Ct., Campbell, CA 95008
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.