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Lake View Funeral Home & Lake View Memorial Gardens

5000 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL

OBITUARY

Dr. Robert "Bob" Eugene Schultz Sr.

January 13, 1942July 29, 2020
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Robert Eugene Schultz Sr., M.D., born January 13, 1942 in Cleveland, OH, died peacefully after a brief illness on July 29, 2020 at Evelyn’s House in St. Louis, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Kay Schultz of Cleveland, OH, and granddaughter Lucinda Schultz.

Bob, as he was known to his friends, retired in 2012 after a rewarding 35-year career as a neurosurgeon in Belleville, IL. He graduated from: Collinwood High School in Cleveland, OH in 1960; Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in 1964; St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1968; and completed a residency at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1977. Bob’s professional training was interrupted by the Vietnam War after a one-year general surgery residency at St. Louis University Hospital. In 1970 he was drafted into the Navy, serving in the medical corps on the U.S.S. Eldorado LCC-11. He was stationed in San Diego, CA for two years. Bob was an active member of the Belleville medical community serving as President of the Memorial Hospital Medical Staff in 1987-88. He was an emeritus Fellow of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Bob also held memberships in many professional medical organizations.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie, nee Fritzinger, Schultz of Swansea, IL and sons Robert Schultz Jr., of Swansea, IL; Scott (Lisa) Schultz, D.M.D. and children, Nick and Lily, of St. Louis, MO; Todd (Emily) Schultz and children Paul, Rosie, and Phoebe, of St. Louis, MO; Geoff (Michaela) Schultz, M.D. and children Georgia, Betty, and Kit, of Phoenix, AZ; and Zachary (Natalie) Schultz and children Evelyn, Cal, and Lorelei of Swansea, IL. As well as his brothers: James (Linda) Schultz and children Kyle and Casey, of Columbus, OH; and Joseph (Cindy) Schultz, M.D., and children Joey and Jonathon, of Columbus, OH. His stepsons: Cameron (Renee) Ahrens and children Abigail and Taylor, of Land O Lakes, FL; Clayton (Sarah) Ahrens and children Addison and Vince Marra, and Collin and Colson Ahrens, of Glen Carbon, IL. As well as his in-laws: Fred and Ruth Fritzinger, of Millstadt, IL; and brother-in-law, Fred (Lisa) Fritzinger, of Millstadt, IL.

Beloved by his family, Bob was also respected by the patients he treated, his loyal office staff of Mary Alice, Sherry, Anne, Kelly, and Almie, and by all of the employees of both Memorial and St. Elizabeth’s Hospitals in Belleville, IL. He was held in high-esteem by his medical staff colleagues. The family would also like to thank Anne Koleson for her loving help during this difficult time.

Bob and Stephanie traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Mexico prior to and after retirement. Bob’s retirement passions of model train building, tropical fish, gourmet cooking, and gardening kept him busy. Any visitor to their home would be treated to a garden tour and, if the time of year was right,, he would send home a basket of table-ready ready, fresh, produce.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Missouri Botanical Garden, a place he was fond of visiting, or Evelyn’s House where he was cared for compassionately in his final days.

A private mass will be held for the family prior to internment at Lake View Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens.

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Dorothy Simonelli

August 3, 2020

My memories of cousin Dr. Bob are from our Cleveland childhood. His dad and mine were brothers. His dad had 3 sons, my dad 3 daughters, we all got along well. He was 4 years older than my twin sister, Diane, and me, I recall that he could sew exacting hand stitches as a child, taught himself: visions of his neurosurgery days ahead! He spoke of his I.Q. being tested in high school, my dad asked if that meant I Quit! We all laughed but knew his future was bright. He was serious but also kind-hearted, devastated when our dad died young, 53. He was close to him and his sadness was evident. I remain immensely proud of all his achievements, especially in the medical field. He has left this earth far too early, yet saved and enriched many lives. My sympathy to all who loved him.

joseph Schultz

August 3, 2020

Brother Bob,
I recall our early days when you were already beginning your industrious future, raising tropical fish fish, building stereos from kits, and working. I remember you walking up Selwyn Rd. with your medical school acceptance in hand. I was so happy for you. You were certainly an inspiration to me tp pursue a career in medicine and I can't thank you enough.
I know you were a wonderful Dad to your children and that your career was everything you wanted it to be. Rest in peace with God knowing you lived a good life. You are missed by all who knew you, especially me. .I will think of you every day.
Love you.
Your tearful brother,
Joe

Frank Pikul

August 3, 2020

Bob and I were close friends for 39 years. I can't believe this. My condolences to Steph and all the boys. A kinder, gentler man you could not find. I hope he is now haunting some of his favorite lighthouses. I miss you buddy.

Rita Menke

August 2, 2020

I was sad to hear of the passing of Dr Schultz. He was a good friend to the Menke Family, esp to my sister Betsy. I have great memories of all 5 sons. Prayers to the Schultz Family. RIP. Rita Menke

Ken and Sherrill Kraudel

August 2, 2020

To Stephanie and family,

Ken and I are so sorry to hear of your loss..... may your memories bring you peace, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our lives were blessed to have known Bob.

With the warmest embrace,

Ken and Sherrill Kraudel

Don and Pat Siewing

August 2, 2020

Todd, Rob, Scott, Geoff, Zach and families,
Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of your Dad. You all will be in our prayers. May your faith and memories bring you peace. Don and Pat

Joey & Jonathan Schultz & Families

August 2, 2020

To Bob’s Family:

We have such fond memories of visiting Uncle Bob in Belleville: hitting up a Cards game together, admiring and hearing about his impressive tropical fish and piranha collection, and simply hanging with him and our awesome cousins.

More recently, we loved seeing him light up at Casey’s wedding: hanging with his brothers and owning the cocktail/dance situation.

We truly wish we could be with you during this time and really hope to connect at some point soon. Above all, please know that we are holding you from afar and sending continued love now and always.

—Joey and Jonathan Schultz & Families

Marilyn Volpe

August 2, 2020

Rest well in the peace of the Lord with loving thoughts and prayers,
Your cousin,
Marilyn Schultz Volpe
Stow OH

Maggie Wheat

August 2, 2020

Steph,
What great memories I have with working with such an amazing physician. He always made you feel comfortable and at ease. I feel blessed to have known him as doctor and a friend. I know how much you loved each other and enjoyed life together. Schultzie as he’s known in radiology was one of a kind and he will be missed.
Love you dear friend

Betsy Menke-Dean

August 1, 2020

Rob, Scott, Todd, Geoff and Zach... I was so sorry to hear the news about the passing of your dad! Please know you all are in my thoughts and prayers. In regards to your dad... I don’t think this page will allow me to share all the wonderful memories and thoughts I have of your dad. He was so good to me and my family, especially my mom; seeing that she had all the right doctors when dealing with breast cancer, always checking in on her, making sure she had perfect care! All the years I was honored to babysit “Dr. Schultz’s” boys! Your dad was so kind, considerate and generous!! He even pierced my ears! And, being taken on many family vacations to Hilton Head! Such GREAT fond memories!!! Your dad would check on me after I delivered my own babies, receiving huge bouquets and each time leaving Memorial Hospital with my newborn(s), we stopped by the Schultz home so you all could see the baby(s) before going home! Yes, we would go straight to your house from the hospital!! Robbie, Scott, Todd, Geoff, Zach.... you boys, your mom and your dad all hold such a special place in my heart... I’ve ALWAYS considered you all as family... my little brothers!! You all meant the world to me, more than each of you will ever know! After all these years (35+) believe it or not, you all have been displayed in my home... I have a frame that holds five individual photos, and it holds each one of your young faces!
I wish I could give each one of you a big tight hug and and tell you to your faces how truly sorry I am for your loss! Love you all so much, and always will!! XOXO!

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Cardinals won World Series 2006!

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2003 Puerto Rico

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KAY AND JOE SCHULTZ

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EVELYN, CAL, LOLO, NATALIE, & ZACH 2019

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Bob and Rob Busch Stadium

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Cabo San Lucas

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2020 Medical Staff Christmas party

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Cabo San Lucas

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