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
DeWitt VFW Hall
12250 Old U.S. 27
Russell Louis Shooltz
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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!