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JOHN CHRISTIAN SCHULZ
July 12, 1936 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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John Christian Schulz passed peacefully in his home, surrounded by loved ones on October 22, 2023.
John was born on July 12, 1936 to German immigrant parents, Betty and Valentin Johann "John" Schulz
in Brooklyn NY. He grew up in Woodhaven, Queens, New York and recalled fondly his boyhood memories
of crabbing at Rockaway Beach with his buddies and shooting pistols in the basement of his family home.
He was an independent boy with an adventuresome spirit who loved to camp and even worked his way
up to the very honorable Eagle Scout title. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, to this day one of
the country’s most prestigious high schools, and quickly began his venture into engineering. After
graduating from Brooklyn Tech in 1954 John was admitted to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy NY,
where he joined the Theta Xi fraternity and the Navy ROTC. He was very proud of his college scholarship
program which allowed him to take to the high seas every summer with the United States Navy! After
graduating from Rensselaer and honorably completing his final Navy post at Iowa State college he settled
in Riverside, California in 1962 where he began his career as engineer and family man. John worked in
Quality Assurance at Bourns, General Dynamics, Ford Aerospace and Safetran Systems.
John lived his days laughing and playing with his children any chance he could or taking them for
shooting trips to the desert. He was a loving father, grandfather, avid photographer, cake baker (mostly
when he was stressed), and friend to all. In his final years he especially loved his clever little cat, Fritz,
and feeding the ducks at Fairmount Park. John is survived by his wife Kathleen Margaret Schulz, brother:
Steven Schulz, children: Alison Manning, Christian Schulz, and Amanda Schulz, grandchildren: Grace
Manning, Carsten Schulz, Austin Manning, and Ashlyn Schulz, and of course, Fritz the cat. He is
preceded by his Father and Mother: Betty and John, his sister: Betsy Schulz Weaver, and his darling
daughter: Tracy Lynn Schulz.
Services will be held at the Riverside National Cemetery on
December 18 at 11:15 AM with a celebration of life directly following at the American Legion in Fairmount
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home, Riverside, California.