Dave passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 19, in Rapid City, SD, surrounded by his family. Dave was born February 17, 1944, in Fulda, MN, to LaVern and Carmen Schultz. He graduated from Newcastle High School in 1962. He went on to join the National Guard, completing his basic combat training with honors at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was selected by the company commander as the outstanding trainee of Company C, 3d Battalion. He went on to Oregon State University pursuing a degree in civil engineering and later took classes at Casper College. He then started working with his dad at Pioneer Construction building pipelines. When his dad sold the business, he went to work as a crane operator for several different companies. In 1972, Dave purchased Wyoming Alignment where he worked on tire alignments and built trailers for the next few years. Eventually he went to work for Butte Pipeline and later transferred to Shell Oil which allowed him to use his experience and skills to build his career as an engineer. In 1964, Dave married Marty Jo Moore. Together they had one son. It was on November 4, 1967, when he married the love of his life, Janet Christensen. Together they had four more children. The family traveled and lived all over including Wyoming, West Virginia, Montana, Colorado, California and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He retired in 1999 from Shell Oil and returned to Newcastle, WY in 2002. Dave was a hard worker all his life, but also enjoyed many hobbies. Over the years he loved steer roping, camping, snowmobiling and to hunt, fish, and golf. He truly loved to build, anything and everything, and equally loved to teach his children and grandchildren all that he could over the years. Surviving him is his wife of 54 years, Janet, three sons, Scott (Jane) Stroh of Bozeman, MT, Greg Schultz of Newcastle, WY, Christian (Vanessa) Schultz of Boise, ID, one daughter, Karma (Tim) Rysell of Cheyenne, WY and nine grandchildren, Holden, Abby, Erika, Clara, Trent, Tevin, Colin, Tanner and Kooper. He is also survived by a brother, Doug (Yolanda) Schultz of Santa Maria, CA; sister, Jeanne Gary of Rapid City, SD; an aunt, a nephew and several cousins. Proceeding him in death were his grandparents, parents, brother, Randy, son, Michael and a nephew. Honorary pallbearers are his nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newcastle, WY. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or Christ the King Lutheran Church. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 South Railroad Ave, Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at www.meridianmortuary.com.
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