Russell Louis Shooltz
November 19, 1931 – May 7, 2018
Russell Louis Shooltz passed away after a brief illness Monday, May 7, 2018, at the age of 86. Born in Lansing in 1931, Russell grew up and spent most of his life near his large extended family in DeWitt Michigan. At the time of his death he split his time between Lake Isabella, Michigan and Jensen Beach, Florida.
Russell was a graduate of DeWitt High School and held many different jobs until he earned his Journeyman and Masters license as an Electrician working for IBEW Local 665 before retiring in 1993. He worked outdoors all his life, building and selling a number of his own houses in the DeWitt area. Russell volunteered many of his retirement years to Habitat for Humanity, helping to build housing for families in need throughout mid-Michigan. In 1997, he received a Senior Citizen of the Year Award from Clare County in recognition of his work for Clare/Gladwin Services for the Aging. Russell was always happy to help friends and family with construction and repair projects, and was easily recognized as the guy standing on a roof or climbing a ladder in the many communities where he lived.
An avid fisherman, Russell spent hours at his lake house fishing in his boat, or standing in the South Florida surf casting out a line in search of his beloved Pompano. He played on a number of golf leagues over the years, and often played with friends and family, digging his way out of bunkers and hacking through weeds looking for lost balls.
Russell was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Joyce (Ridsdale), one son, Michael Shooltz, his parents, Aloys and Helen and three siblings, Dale, Jerry and Edna. He is survived by two sons, Steve Shooltz (Rhonda Ticnor), and Duane Shooltz (Cyndi Ragland) , as well as two daughters, Sue Cusack (Andy Cusack), and Lorie Loe; and eight siblings, Don, Arlene, John, Francis, Clifford, Howard, Dorothy and Beverly. He was blessed with 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
A celebration of life will be held at the DeWitt VFW hall on June 9th at 1:00 PM.
Donations may be made in Russell Shooltz’s name to Sparrow’s Hospice House Of Mid-Michigan.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, June 9, 2018
Russell Louis Shooltz
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June 9, 2018
Russell and I became very good friends on the beach in Florida. We were two stubborn Germans who were certain that we each knew the best way to catch pompano! Russell taught me to tie my own rigs and to catch the elusive sand fleas for bait. I taught him the benefit of artificial “fish bite”. I will miss him very much on the beach this year. Russell, I hope they have pompano in heaven. Happy fishing.
June 9, 2018
Steve and all family members; losing a loved one, especially a parent is sad. Please know that from my family to yours, our condolences and prayers are with you for your loss.
Growing up in the neighborhood on DeWitt road will always bring fond memories of the times we shared as next door neighbors. The sports games we played in our front yards, camping we did in the nearby woods and back yards and interaction that was promoted by our parents led to many lessons I will always hold in my heart.
Your dad was one of the good guys!
Mike Botke and family
May 11, 2018
Thank you for all the fishing tips. Glad to have been able to meet and learn to know you. Evey time I catch a Pompano I'll think of you. I'll miss you on the beach.
May 10, 2018
Uncle Russell was a Generous, Kind, Loving man. I will always remember family reunions at his house and making of home made Ice cream . We always had a great time and when we got to go up crooked lake was fun. Love you Uncle Russell and will miss you.
May 9, 2018
I will always remember the many summers we spent at the cabin in Crooked Lake. You were involved in so many of my childhood adventures. I will always remember all the great times Uncle Russell. Fly high with the angels! Love you always.
May 8, 2018
Sorry to here of your loss.
May God give you comfort and peace.
Isaiah 25:8 says He will wipe every tear!