Kenneth M. Schultz Obituary

Kenneth M. Schultz, 76, of Coloma passed away on April 4th, after a brief illness, at Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph.

  He is survived by a son, Stephen, and grandson, Skyler, both of whom resided with him. He is also survived by three sisters - Judy Jones and Kay Schultz-Soper of Benton Harbor, and Ann Baxter of Jackson, MI - a sister-in-law, Gena, a brother-in-law, Gary, and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Susan, and a brother, Robert.  The family would like to especially thank Ken’s close friends – Barb, Mary, and John - for their love and support over the years.

 The family is being assisted by Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home in Coloma; cremation has taken place.  A gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date, to be announced.

 Ken graduated from M.S.U. with a teaching degree, where he met his future wife, Susan. He was employed with Benton Harbor Area Schools for his entire teaching career of 37 years.  He loved his work, and was respected and admired by both his students and colleagues.  So many considered him their favorite teacher, which meant so much to him.  He kept in touch with many of them after his retirement in 2004.  He and Susan had a fun and adventurous life together, enjoying travel and participating in various endeavors such as managing Covert Township Park campgrounds with friends and assisting his sister in opening Art’s Café in Benton Harbor. 

  Ken had a wide array of friends, hosting many high school friends at his home yearly, after his vision began to fail.  Even though Ken had multiple health problems, he always kept his bizarre sense of humor.  As with his students, he was much-loved by his friends.  He had a generosity of spirit and never had an unkind word about anyone (with the exception of a politician or two).  Ken was just fun to be around – smart, funny, and interesting.  But the people he most enjoyed spending time with were his son and grandson, to whom he was devoted.

 Suggestions for memorials are: Feeding America West Michigan, 864 West River Center Dr., N.E., Comstock Park, MI 49321-8955, or Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, 5400 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085.