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Larry Schultz Passes Away

The Saddlebred and Hackney communities have lost a good friend.  Larry Schultz, 73, of Stevensville, Michigan passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Larry was born on February 3, 1940 in St. Joseph to Clarence "Mike" & Mildred (Briney)Schultz. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1958 and from Michigan State University in 1962. On January 10, 1970 he married Judy Dunham in St. Joseph. Larry was the president of Schultz Roofing Supply Co. in St. Joseph since 1964, but started helping his father when he was in high school. He was a member of Zion Evangelical UCC in St. Joseph where he served on the Board of Trustees and the Stewardship Committee. Larrywas a former Lakeshore Lions and also served on the Board for St. Joseph Savings and Loan.  He also enjoyed traveling, boating, skiing and especially family time, including watching his grandchildren's sporting events and activities. Larrywas an avid MSU fan and loved watching and attending MSU events. He was especially close to his high school classmates, the St. Joseph Class of 1958.

His hobbies included breeding, raising and showing world-class hackney ponies and American Saddlebred horses under the ownership of his Oakbrook Farm. Some of those include: (ASB's) Lamborghini, The Frosted Jewel, Mountjoy's Super Star, Heartbeat of Manhattan, A Touch of Tenderness, Free Spirit, Wild Heritage, Tiffany Town, Performing Art, Tijuana Tigress, Harbor Shores and 2009 Reserve World Champion Locust Grove's Big Kat. Hackney ponies that were owned by Schultz include WC In a Heartbeat, Wild Wind, Makin Waves, and others.  Schultz had longtime affiliations with such top professionals as Dick & Jeanette Durant, Gib Marcucci, the late Mike Dumas, and Bob & Tonya Brison.  He was also part of the Stonewall's Main Event syndication back in the 1980's.  

Larry is survived by his wife Judy; daughters Julie (Pete) Warner of Smyrna, GA and Lori (Chad) Deja of Stevensville; grandchildren Jason and Sarah Warner and Wes, Audrey and Nolan Deja; adopted sister Linda (Ken) Weber of Stevensville; brother-in-law Tom Dunham of Sun Valley, ID; uncle Donald Briney; cousins Sue Holda, Dee Driscoll, DebbieSchultz, Tom Schultz, and John Schultz; and special friends Paul, Kim & Meghan Landeck of St. Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 Memorials may be made to Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ or the Salvation Army. Those wishing to sign Larry's Memory Book online may do so

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