Mr. David L. Schulte, age 73, of Centertown, Mo. passed away Saturday, November 21, 2020 at his family farm in Vienna, Mo.
Dave was born on March 14, 1947 in Jefferson City, Mo. a son of Norbert Bernard and Ruby Dell (Stewart) Schulte. He was married on January 25, 1974 at Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Mo. to Rita Dickson.
A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Dave was a 1965 graduate of Helias High School. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and Mathematics from Lincoln University.
He proudly served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. From his service to our country, Dave was a proud veteran and a member of the Samuel F. Gearhart Detachment of the Marine Corps League; American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5; and Veteran of Foreign Wars, Basinger/Sone Memorial Post.
Dave was an incredibly social family man. He enjoyed his time with friends hosting gatherings and entertaining guests. He and his wife, Rita, looked forward to their monthly “haircut Thursdays” which included meeting up with friends, having a drink at the Town Club in Westphalia or Eisterhold’s in Rich Fountain and of course, haircuts. Dave kept his mind sharp with crossword puzzles and liked to golf at Turkey Creek. He took charge of many events through his various club affiliations including the Marine Corps League BBQ. He was a master on the grill. Dave was a man who never met a stranger, to know him was to love him and to be cared for by him. He was passionate about helping children and was dedicated to doing his part through many organizations over the years. Dave always had a project and kept himself busy piddling with something at all times. His favorite place to spend time was at their farm. He loved being in nature, fishing, burning brush and clearing trees or just spending time with the most important people in his life, his family. He was especially fond of his grandchildren. Dave was happy and always wore a smile. Some may fondly remember Dave as a practical jokster or the man that constantly pestered. He loved to have a good time, toss back a cold one and laugh with those he loved. Dave was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, friend and Marine. He truly cared about people and was a friend to all.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 46 years, Rita Schulte; two sons, Douglas J. Schulte (wife Jamie) of Platte City, Mo. and Andrew J. Schulte (wife Rebekah) of Jefferson City, Mo.; three grandchildren, Lane Schulte (fiancé Chase), Eli Schulte and Jacob D. Dean.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Leslie A. Dean on July 7, 2015; and one sister, Carol S. Strong on July 7, 1997.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Anyone in attendance is required to wear a protective mask.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Father Anthony Viviano officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be held at Resurrection Cemetery.
A webcast of Dave’s service will begin at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday for friends that are not able to attend by going to his memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Special Learning Center, 1115 Fairgrounds Rd, Jefferson City, MO 65109 or the Samuel F. Gearhart Detachment of the Marine Corps League, 4925 Bus 50 W, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.