Published in TheTimesNews.com from December 4 to December
Donald M. Schultz of
Whispering Pines, N.C. passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.
Born in Rockford, Ill. on July 22, 1929, he lived in Prairie du Chien,
Wisconsin after an early age. He was an outstanding athlete while in Prairie
du Chien and over his entire life.
Survivors include his wife Janet Schultz of the home; son Don M. Schultz
Jr. of Burlington, N.C.; and niece, Stacey Taylor of Dublin, Ohio. He
was preceded in death by his parents Violet and Jack Schultz.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
at Boles Funeral Home in Southern Pines with the Rev. Archie Stevens officiating.
After serving in the U.S. Air Force he signed on with General Manager
Branch Rickey as a pitcher to play professional baseball for the Pittsburgh
Pirates. He pitched a no-hitter in 1954 against the Durham Bulls in Burlington,
Burlington then became home and he attended Elon College while working
at Plaza Pontiac where he quickly advanced from successful salesman to
owner. After selling that dealership and moving to Graham, N.C., he became
a N.C. Magistrate for Alamance County for 12 years until retiring in 1991.
He remained interested and knowledgeable in baseball, especially the Cincinnati
Reds and in football as a devout NFL Green Bay Packers fan. The Burlington
YMCA was very important to him for his running and conditioning and he
Don and Janet built their home in Whispering Pines, N.C. He loved working
and maintaining a nice yard. Many trips were made to Wisconsin and Ohio,
in addition to Rockford, Ill., to care for his aunt and to Draper Valley
for golfing together.
In 2000 he became a "snowbird" traveling to a condo in Lehigh
Acres, Fla. where he enjoyed life with his wife, cooking, relaxing and
playing golf at Copperhead.
Memorials can be made to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, P.O.
Box 127, 400 Flemington Drive, Lake Waccamaw, N.C. 28450 or First Health
of the Carolinas Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, N.C. 28374
or to a charity of donor's choice.