SHULTZ

SHULTZ Mr. Aubrey Clymier Shultz, formerly of Eckville and Red Deer, passed October 16, 2008 at the Northcott Care Centre, Ponoka at the age of 99 years. Aubrey was born in Airdrie, AB, on October 15, 1909 to George and Bertha Shultz. In 1914, while the family was living near Delia, Bertha passed away, leaving 5 young children. An unmarried aunt, Nettie Shultz, came up from Missouri to help raise them. The family eventually settled in the Vegreville area, where Aubrey spent much of his youth. Times were hard, and he left school after Grade 8 to go to work, working at a variety of jobs for about 10 years. During the Great Depression he lived in the Big Valley/Byemoor areas, working first at the Imperial Ranch for $.50 per day, and then for his uncle Clarence (Tut) Erbe for room and board. In 1934 Aubrey married Lymie Hill, and together they bought a farm across the road from Gopher Head School, where she was teaching at the time. They farmed there until 1950, when with their two children they moved to the Eckville district, where they took over the Jack Hill farm. Lymie and Aubrey were very active in the Eckville community, and were at various times members of the Square Dance Club, Home and School Association and the Farmer's Union of Alberta. They also attended the Sunshine Gospel Mission founded by Laughlan MacLean, Aubrey was in the Eckville Community Band as well as the Curling Club. They sold the farm in 1974 and retired to Red Deer, where they spent many happy years in their house in Oriole Park. They made many friends in the area and were among the first members of the Golden Circle as well as dropping in at the Downtown House from time to time. Aubrey especially enjoyed carpet and lawn bowling and seniors' curling. He was a sports enthusiast most of his life and in his earlier years played his favorite sport, baseball. One of the many highlights of his life was a trip to a Grey Cup game in Ottawa. He also enjoyed going fishing whenever a friend or relative was able to go with him. Aubrey was also an avid reader of everything from newspapers to novels. As the years progressed Lymie's health began to decline, and in 1998 she had to go into long term at the Ponoka Auxiliary Hospital. The next year Aubrey sold their house and moved to Ponoka so he could spend time with Lymie nearly every day, until her death in 2002. He lived first at Reid Manor and then at Ponoka Lodge, until failing health made it necessary to enter the Northcott Care Centre, where he has resided for over 5 years. Aubrey is survived his son Jim (Betty) Shultz of Tumbler Ridge, BC; daughter, Lynne (Ray) Carson of Condor; grandchildren: Jeff (Liz) Shultz of Fort Saskatchewan, Chris Shultz of Edmonton, David (Jennifer) Shultz of Edmonton, Vincent (Tracy) Carson of Sylvan Lake, Richard (Shannon) Carson of Sylvan Lake and Heather (Ken) Chiasson of Penhold; 13 great-grandchildren, 4 nieces, 1 nephew and many other relatives in Alberta, British Columbia and the U.S.A. Aubrey was predeceased by his beloved wife of 67 years, Lymie; his sister Mary Knudslein; brothers George "Mike", Jim and Victor Shultz as well as his daughter-in-law, Carmen Shultz. Aubrey will be fondly remembered by those who knew him as a caring person, devoted to his family and friends, always ready to do more than his share, thoughtful and considerate of others before himself. He was gentle man and a gentleman. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 5120-49 Street, Eckville, on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Sandra Franklin-Law officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Aubrey's memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta, 4811 – 48 Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 3T3 or to the Northcott Care Centre Memorial Fund, 4209 – 48 Avenue, Ponoka, AB T4J 1P4. Funeral Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67A Street, Red Deer, AB (403) 340-4040. Condolences can be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. In living memory of Aubrey Clymier Shultz, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park, Red Deer County, AB.


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