Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Rev. Reuel J. Schulz
Service: April 13, 2016
Rev. Reuel J. Schulz
Schulz, Rev. Reuel John, of Watertown, born June 18, 1933 in Milwaukee, WI the son of Godfrey and Vera (Kansier) Schulz, passed peacefully on April 7, 2016 age 82.
Reuel was clothed with Christ’s righteousness through Holy Baptism, worshiped, and attended elementary school at St. Lucas Lutheran Church in Bay View, WI. He was confirmed in the faith at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Reuel was joined in marriage to Charlette Johnson of Woodville, WI on December 14, 1958 at Gethsemane. Reuel attended Northwestern Preparatory School and Northwestern College in Watertown from 1947-55. He enjoyed sports and in college led the Northwestern football team to four consecutive undefeated seasons as starting quarterback. He was tutor at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI from 1957-58. Upon graduation from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Thiensville in 1959 he was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and assigned as pastor of a dual parish in Washington: Good Hope of Ellensburg and Good Faith of South Cle Elum. In 1962 he became pastor of Woodlawn Lutheran Church in West Allis, serving there for 48 years. He also served the Wisconsin Synod on the Evangelism Committee, as part-time chaplain at West Allis Memorial Hospital, and an adjunct professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College. He was a regular op-ed contributor to the Milwaukee Journal, wrote a book entitled “Idols: Dead or Alive,” and wrote poetry set to familiar hymn tunes.
Survivors include loving wife Charlette; sister Gail (Arthur) Naujock of Livonia, MI; sister-in-law Alice (Dr. Norman “Bud”) Schulz of Baraboo; daughter Julie (Keith) Krueger of North Prairie; daughter Susan (Thomas) Leinberger of Dumfries, VA; son Rev. James (Gretchen) Schulz of Neshkoro; son Matthew Schulz of Milwaukee; daughter Rachel (Patrick) Beck of Watertown; foster son Minh (Nea) Lu of Decorah, IA; thirteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, brother Wayne, brother Norman “Bud”, and sister and brother-in-law Faye and Monroe “Joe” Velguth.
Funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 13 at Woodlawn Lutheran Church, 2171 S. 99th St. West Allis. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to service time. Internment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Woodlawn Lutheran Church or St. Luke Lutheran Church, Watertown. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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