February 12, 1929 – April 29, 2020
Arnold Bernard “Bernie” Schultz, age 91, of Mandan ND formerly of Lisbon, ND closed the final chapter of his story on April, 29, 2020 under the care of Hospice at St. Gabriel, Bismarck, ND.
Bernie was born on a farm near Lisbon, ND on February 12, 1929 to Arnold and Wilna (Wiltse) Schultz. He was the second of four children. He attended Buttzville Consolidated School for a few years before traveling with his family to Southern Minnesota. After a couple of years the Schultz’s moved back to Ransom County and Bernie finished high school in Lisbon, ND. After graduation he worked with his dad on the farm.
Bernie married Gwendolyn (Gwen) Sandstrom on June 1, 1952 at Fillmore Lutheran church in rural Enderlin, North Dakota. Bernie and Gwen farmed near Lisbon until 1980 when they moved to the Beulah, ND area where they worked in the coal gasification plant. In 1984 they moved to Yuma, AZ were they lived until 1986 before moving to California and then back to Lisbon, ND in 1994.
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Joan Didion
Bernie’s love of stories carried him through 91 years of an amazing life with family and friends. Every obstacle, even health issues as a child was an opportunity for sharing of a great story. There are many chapters in a 91 year-long story, but the following chapters were some of Bernie’s favorites.
How to chase a rooster when you can’t walk and come out on top.
Gravel in the fuel tank of the car, next day gravel in the spark plug holes.
Farming and ranching from A to Z.
Who’s ready for happy hour, pull tabs and a game of pinochle?
It’s a fine time to go out dancing, play some pool or ride in saddle club.
Exploring the country one construction job at a time.
How to carry a box of dynamite and not blow yourself up.
The road to California is paved with deli meat and B2 bomber‘s.
God, church and community
Grandkids, great-grand kids and sports are like great fishing stories
Bernie is survived by his 5 children; Tom (Nance) [WA], Stan (Kari) [SD], Kathy Elijah [ND], Cindy (Rick) Olson [ND], and Terry Schultz (Sabine Schmid) [Switzerland], 12 grandchildren; Dylan(Alexis) Schultz [WA], Whitney Schultz [WA], Nicholas Schultz (Parish Mechling), Kris (Lisa) Elijah, Kinsey Elijah, Lisa (Brenner) Knapp, Matthew Olson, Flurin Staub, Nanina Staub, Sophia Staub, Laila Staub, Aita Staub. and 8 great grandchildren, 2 sisters Jeanne Speich and Nancy Fletcher, 4 sister-in-law’s, 3 brother-in-law’s and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gwen of 42 years, parents, brother Bob and his wife Lois, and 4 brothers-in-law.
Due to current events with the COVID-19 virus a private family graveside services will be held Saturday May 2, 2020 at 2pm Oakwood Cemetery, Lisbon, ND
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