Wade Jeffery Schultz, age 61, of Lester Prairie, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, surrounded by his family, as a result of sudden cardiac arrest.
Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie with interment in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 28, 2023, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., all at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
The service will be live-streamed on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at 1:00 P.M. You can access the live-streamed service via the church’s website at www.stpaullp.org.
Wade Jeffery Schultz was born on March 2, 1962, in Winsted, Minnesota. He was the son of Kendall and Marian (Weibel) Schultz. Wade was baptized as an infant on March 25, 1962, and was confirmed as a youth on April 11, 1976, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie, Minnesota. Wade was a lifelong resident of Lester Prairie. He received his education in Lester Prairie and was a graduate with the Lester Prairie High School Class of 1980. Wade excelled in many sports while in high school, but playing baseball was his passion.
Wade was united in marriage to Amy Stotko in September 1985. The couple’s marriage was blessed with two sons. Wade’s absolute greatest accomplishment was raising his boys - Taylor and Garrett. No conversation was had without him proudly talking about them and their adult lives. Wade was united in marriage to Robin Schaefer, on June 1, 2015, and earned two daughters, Madison and Jena. They shared over 7 years of marriage together.
Wade was employed at Target in Hutchinson, Minnesota, for over 23 years. He was extremely proud of his maintenance job there and solving the world’s problems with all those that ran into him there. Wade was a farm boy at heart - making his family home on 10 acres of land of the original Schultz Family Farm. He was never, ever, ever, one to throw anything away because “it might be worth money!” Wade was also very proud of his 30 years with the Lester Prairie Fire Department, retiring in 2021. He loved to help those in need and the time spent with fellow firefighters.
Wade was still wearing clothes from the 1980’s and 1990’s, and only buying the beer that was on sale…. he was quite proud of his fierce frugalness. He enjoyed playing his vinyl records, loudly, in his garage and reluctantly had to throw out all his 8-track tapes that no longer worked. He and Robin attended numerous farm and antique auctions, hoping to score a good deal. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, feeding the wildlife, tending to his abundant strawberry patches, and maintaining his “country acres.” He patrolled the neighboring families properties with his 4-wheeler, taking over from Kendall as the security. No phone calls made if possible, he would much rather drive his truck, 4-wheeler, or side by side when he needed to talk to someone, and if one was outside, it was considered an invitation for him to stop over to shoot the bull.
Wade loved watching and rooting for his beloved Green Bay Packers. When he wasn’t watching the Packers play, tv shows of his liking included Wheel of Fortune, Joe Kenda Detective, Green Acres, American Pickers, and Pawn Stars. He loved running around with the younger kids in the family and he was ALWAYS the last to leave the family holiday celebrations. Whether you were a family member or a friend of Wade's, you more than likely were given a nickname, (buckwheat, weasel, fuzzy etc.) He was known to many as Julio, but he spelled it Hoolio. Wade greatly cherished the time he spent with his family and his friends.
Wade, surrounded by family, passed away on March 23, 2023, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the age of 61. Blessed be his memory.
Wade is survived by his:
Loving Wife, Robin Schultz, and her girls, Madison and Jena;
Sons, Taylor Schultz, Garrett Schultz (Hannah);
Sisters, Kelli Machemehl and her husband, Gregg, Jill Millerbernd and her husband, Brad;
Nephews, Ben (Maria) Machemehl, Nick (Amanda) Machemehl, Trey Fiecke (Lucie);
Great-nieces and nephews, Magdalena, Jonah and Susannah Machemehl, James Machemehl;
Aunts and Uncles, Chuck and Diane Schultz and family, Chris and Amy Schultz and family, Jenni and Marc Sebora and family, Stan Hoof;
Brother-in-law, Marvin Fiecke;
Taylor and Garrett’s Mother, Amy Stotko Schultz;
Many other cousins, family members and friends.
Wade is preceded in death by his Parents, Kendall and Marian Schultz; Many other loved ones.
Barb and Don says
So sorry for your loss. You and the family are in Our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all
So sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. He was a wonderful man. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jon & Chris Wolter & family
Tina Grandia says
I am deeply saddened to hear of Wade’s passing. He was a huge part of our T1210 Target Family. He was so funny and kind. I am keeping his family close in my thoughts and prayers daily.
Ron Rolf says
Robin and the boys….How sad it makes me to see this and know Schultzy is gone. We were classmates and then worked at Lifftin together for a while. Then drifted apart as friends often do, but throughout the decades we’d bump into each other and it was if we were never apart. We’d reminisce and laugh and enjoy each others company. I always left feeling good and wishing him well. He’ll always be a friend and I will miss him. May God comfort you all during this incredibly sorrowful and sad time.
HI KELLI LIKED YOUR BROTHER HE WAS SO NICE HE VWOULD MAKE ME LAUGH AND HE WOULD TEASE ME ABOUT VIKINGS AND I KNOW HE LIKED THE PACKERS HE HIS GOING TO BE MISSED KORI
Tammy Ronning Sifferath says
I was so very sorry to hear about Wade’s passing. I will keep you in my prayers each day! Wade was such a good guy always willing to help out when needed. He will be missed.
Randall Asplund says
This one is killing me. My honey, who was a co-worker of his at Target, knows that her job will never be as enjoyable.
Pat and Larry Strei says
Kelli so sorry to hear of Wade s death our prayers go out to the family
Teresa M Vejrosta says
Wade and I were classmates all through our school years. Our graduating class of 1980 will remember fondly as Wade always had a smile on his face and kind words to say.
Fly high Wade
May you rest in peace.
Teresa Lukes Vejrosta
Toni (Weibel) Mills says
Kelli, Jill and families,
We are sorry to hear about the passing of your brother Wade.
I remember a couple of years ago running into Wade in Arizona at a Vilings game. So surprised to see him. We are keeping you in our prayers.
The family of Floyd and Marcy Weibel
Elena Jensen says
I will miss you forever, Wade! So happy I got to work with such a wonderful man who would always cheer you up on hard days and share the joys of good days. He was my work family and we always picked on each other. There were days when I’d go home thinking I had picked on him too much, but the day I saw him for the last time I told him how much he was loved and appreciated. I’ll say that again, Wade: you are so loved and appreciated. I will cherish our friendship forever! Till we meet again!
Dan Gueningsman says
Condolences to the Schultz family.
May God Bless!!!
Dave and Arla Huser says
Robin and family. We were so shocked and sad to hear about Wade. We always had fun with you both. He always had time to visit when we saw him at Target. He will be so missed by all! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Lisa Selchow says
Kelli, Jill and families,
I am so very sad to hear of Wade’s passing. I am a classmate of Wade’s and haven’t seen him for many years. I remember him as a funny guy and he always supported our LPHS sport teams, especially our Girl’s Basketball team.I do remember him always telling me what a great game I played, even when I sucked.. He certainly lifted up my spirits… Oh, and his walk!!! You knew it was Wade, very much his own, that strut, and his big smile…His legacy will forever remembered. He will be missed. Rip Wade, fly high and keep strutting..
Lisa Selchow (Lindstrom)
‘God damn it Harper’ is forever etched in my memory. It was fun getting Wade riled up. See you on the other side…..God damn it Wade
Cathy Nelson-Messer says
We are so sorry to hear of Wade’s passing. The Messer family is keeping you in our thoughts and hearts during this very difficult and sad time. With sympathy.
Gordon Houk says
Truly sad to hear of Wade’s passing. I enjoyed our contacts at Target, and he always had time for a little visit. My sympathy to all who will greatly miss him.
Kim Heikes says
I had the opportunity to get to know Wade when I did the greeting cards at the Hutchinson Target. He always had a smile on his face and something humorous to say. He’s just a few months older than me and seeing he had passed was shocking to me! Someone in good shape, young, and taken to soon. Blessings to all of his family and friends.
Judith A Beatty says
Dear Robin and family,
I am so sorry for your huge loss! Bless your hearts.
Babette Piker says
Robin, Maddie, Jenna and family
So sorry for your loss it is such a shock to see it in the paper and know what an awesome guy, Wade, was and how he helped me at Target getting coca cola and talking then telling him to please say hi to a good friend, his wife, Robin. God bless you all and if you need anything you know where I am.