Covell Funeral Home


Elmer Ralph Schultz

September 13, 1920September 15, 2020

Elmer R. Schultz, of Elk Rapids, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Sept. 15, 2020 just days after celebrating his 100th birthday. Elmer was born in Detroit, MI. on Sept. 13, 1920 to Ralph and Margaret (Pohl) Schultz. On April 18, 1942 at St. Martins Church in Detroit, he married the former Eileen Bruso. Elmer was a skilled machinist who was employed by Detroit Tap & Tool and later Commando Tool Company for 40 years. These companies played a vital role during war time. He retired in 1985, and then moved up north to Elk Rapids from Troy, MI. with his family. Elmer was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Troy, MI. as well as Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids. He was a 4th Degree Knights member in the Detroit Area and Elk Rapids of the Knights of Columbus. He loved bowling on the Knights of Columbus team, horseback riding, and also square dancing with his lovely wife Eileen with the Button and Bows Club. Elmer has a long list of charitable works with the church and Knights of Columbus. Elmer has also spent many hours helping out with his families cherry orchards. If you ever needed help with anything “Just call Al”. Most importantly he was a good father and husband. He is survived by his wife of 78 years Eileen, children; David (Judy), Guy (Susan), Anne Marie (Eric) Richey and Dennis (Kim). Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Ralph; brothers, James and Joe, and sisters, Phyllis and Mary Ann. A memorial mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elk Rapids. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions appreciated to the Knights of Columbus, c/o 13260 Rex Terrace Rd. Rapid City, MI. 49676, or Hospice of Michigan.


  • Knights of Columbus
  • Intelicare Hospice


  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, September 24, 2020


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Karen Wilson

September 21, 2020

With deepest sympathy for the Schultz Family. Uncle Al was all about faith and family. He was my Godfather as well as uncle. I’ve enjoyed many conversations with him over the years that included his life stories. He was a good person and the best Uncle! I am happy he made it to his 100th birthday. He wanted to be a centenarian!!! May he now R.I.P. in God’s arms. Much Love!

Casey Granger

September 18, 2020

I’ve known Mr. Schultz since I was young. He was a member of our Sacred Heart Church. Mr. Schultz was a man of great faith and love for the Lord. Even during Covid times, at 99 years old he made the effort to go to mass each Sunday. He and his wife’s strong faith has always been so inspirational to me; never losing sight of what is truly important. Mr. Schultz was a kind man and will be greatly missed by many. May he Rest In Peace in the loving arms of our Lord.


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