Richard Arthur Schultz (Dick) passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the age of 77. After battling cancer for more than a year, he spent his final days at home, as he had wished, surrounded by his wife, MaryLynn, and his children and friends. Dick will be missed by so many whose lives he touched with his brilliance, his sense of humor, and his delight at even the smallest of life’s pleasures.
Dick was born on September 19, 1943, to Dr. and Mrs. Julius and Virginia Schultz. After graduating from Dearborn High School, Dick went on to earn his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. While still in college, at the age of 21, he became guardian to his two younger sisters, Karin (Doug) Thompson, and Suzanne (Frank) Rompel, resulting in a special bond between the three siblings. After college, Dick began his career as an electrical engineer for Detroit Edison, then moved on to Florida Power and Light, Midland Cogeneration Venture, and Tampa Electric Company before capping his career as a founding Executive and Senior Vice President at International Transmission Company in Novi, Michigan.
Dick had two children, Richard James Schultz (Rick), and Julia Lyn (Schultz) Hellerman. His family was later expanded to include Rick’s wife Alyssa and his grandson, Richard Arthur Schultz II (Ricky), and Julia’s husband, Dr. Steve Hellerman, and his two grandsons, Joshua and Ethan Hellerman. When Dick and MaryLynn, were married, he also gained two step-daughters, Jennifer Lynn Rumin and Stephanie Lynn Eckert.
Dick spent his last 13 years in retirement, enjoying life to the fullest with MaryLynn. Together they traveled around the world, taking cruises to all parts of Europe, through the Panama Canal, to Hawaii, across the Atlantic, and often to nowhere at all throughout the Caribbean. Their final trip was in 2020 to his son’s beautiful home in northern Wisconsin where he was surrounded and delighted by nearly all of his family.
Dick was an honest, hardworking, person of great integrity, humor, and humility. He loved classical music, The Simpsons, and talking about all of the things that make the world work. In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, he is also survived by both of his beloved sisters, as well as their children and grandchildren, all of whom view him with love as a mentor and an advisor.