Walter R. Shultz, 84, of Danville, passed away on Jan. 27, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 18, 1932, in West Hemlock Township, Montour County, a son of the late Reginald and Marietta Shultz. He and his wife, Rose Mary, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 16.
Walt was a graduate of Sheep's One Room School in 1946. He graduated from Danville High School in 1950. Walt served in the Army during the Korean War from 1952 through 1955.
He started his career at Geisinger Medical Center August 1957 and retired as a facilities manager in 1995. In 1995, he was named "Hospital Engineer of the Year" by the Eastern Pennsylvania Hospital Engineers Association. He continued to serve Geisinger as a member of the Geisinger Authority until 2016.
Other community services that Walt was committed to throughout his life were: Chairman of Danville Municipal Authority, Secretary of Geisinger Authority, Danville Planning Commission, HARB, Sunnybrook Park, Good Samaritan, Goodwill Hose Company, Elks Club, Moose, American Legion, Veteran's of Foreign Wars, Montour County Historical Society, Danville Iron Heritage, Washingtonville Fair Association, the Montour County Antique Tractor Association, and St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Walt served as the fire chief of the Goodwill Hose Company for eight years, in addition to serving two years as the Danville Borough Fire Chief. He was the Danville Civil Defense Director during the 1972 Agnes Flood. He served 12 years as a First Ward Councilman. Walt was an honorary member of the Danville Ambulance Service having served 15 active years. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Danville Elks 1974-75.
In addition to his wife Rose Mary, he is survived by five children and their spouses, Jeff and Mary Shultz, Pam and Nick Diomede, Lisa and Jim Reichard, Judy Shultz, and Alane and Hank Mowbray; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and will be missed by his siblings and their spouses, Pat and Joe Dill, Regetta Williams, Dale and Ginny Shultz, Larue and Pat Shultz, and Richard and Kathie Shultz.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Gloria Mottern; one brother, Donald Shultz; and his grandson, Ty Mowbray.
Walt dedicated his life to community service, but his proudest legacy is his family. His family is very humbled by his countless accomplishments, but they will miss their husband, dad, and PapPap in their lives the most.
Friends will be received from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Hubert Chapel in St. Joseph Church, Danville, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, with his pastor, the Rev. James M. Lease as celebrant. Military honors will be presented following the service.
Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home Inc., Danville.
Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com.
Published on January 29, 2017