Merle Schulte

October 08, 1939 ‒ January 24, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Merle Schulte, age 78, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from the Cleveland Clinic after bravely fighting through an extended illness.

He was the son of Clarence & Martha (Etzwiler) Schulte born October 8, 1939 in Ashland. During high school he was a French horn player with The Ohio State All-Boys Marching Band. He proudly served his county as a member of the US Marine Corps where he sang as a member of The Salems.

Merle was working with his father at Schulte’s Market in Bellville when a beautiful young lady named Janet Oyster caught his eye. The pair married on January 15, 1960. He later managed ShortStop before truck driving for over 30 years and retired from Mortiz Concrete after 19 years of service.

Merle was a gifted woodworker who made custom pieces and restored old furniture for family and friends. He was never interested in making a profit, and enjoyed blessing others with his creations. A wonderful singer, Merle sang his whole life and sang with many different quartets, duets, and gospel music groups—he even made several CDs and other recordings. His yard was always pristine and he taught his family to always finish what they started. Above all, Merle was a family man who loved to tell a story. His honest and friendly personality will be dearly missed.

He was a member of Diamond Hills Baptist Church in Mansfield and previously St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville. Merle would volunteer at church and he served as a Deacon and a member of the choir for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Janet Schulte of Mansfield; children Rebecca Schulte (Tom Hampton) of Mansfield, Jeffrey (Deanna) Schulte of Yucaipa, CA, Rev. Steven Schulte (Andy Resende) of Savannah, GA, and Bruce (Gloria) Schulte of Tamiment, PA; grandchildren Jennifer, Michael, Brittany, Jeffrey, Michael, Vincent, Amelia, and Jack; seven great-grandchildren; siblings Dr. Earl Schulte, Dean Schulte (Virginia Davis), and Donna Mae (Ernest “Duke”) Barley; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Merle was preceded in death by a sister Carol Stitzel.

His family will receive friends Monday, January 29, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service giving glory to God for Merle’s life will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at Diamond Hills Baptist Church (647 S Diamond Street in Mansfield) officiated by Pastor Chris Thomas. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery with military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville.

The Schulte family has selected Kafer’s Flowers for floral pieces, and contributions to the American Heart Association may be made at his services.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Merle’s family and encourage you to share a memory and watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Jennifer and family–

    Such a lovely tribute to your grandfather–who was a Marine, no less! We are all thinking of you and praying that you find comfort in fond memories during this difficult time.

  • My condolences to the entire Schulte family.
    Such a wonderful man Merle was as I remember him when I ran around with Jeff during our days in High School.
    He will be missed. GBNF
    Pastor John Harris

  • Thinking of the whole family now.
    Unfortunately I didn’t get to get to spend
    spend that much time with him but with
    with his stories I felt like I had known him for
    30 years.
    He was a very good fried to me, despite the
    30 age difference.
    Mark Doherty

  • Jenn and Schulte family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Jenn is a dear friend to me, my family, and to CNA. I hope that with this gathering to remember Grandpa Schulte, you can find solace and peace with one another.

    Sending much love,
    Molly, Donovan, and Trey McIntosh

  • Jennifer (and family):

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather. He certainly lived an interesting and rewarding life. It warmed my heart to see that he is a United States Marine – which gives me great insight into why his granddaughter has so many wonderful Marine-like qualities. I’m sure that verse of the Marine’s Hymn means more to him now than ever – “if the Army and the Navy ever looked on Heaven’s scenes, they would find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.” I’m sure he is already on the duty roster for guard duty.

    Safe travels, my friend, and please know that we are all keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Semper Fidelis,
    Jeff Peterson
    Colonel, USMC retired

  • It is comforting to know you will see him in the Next Life but tears will still be shed for missing him now. Remember the good times because that is what makes a person’s life last forever. My prayers are with you all, now and in the days ahead.

  • Merle will be missed by our family and many others. He had a beautiful voice and it was a joy to listen to him singing every Sunday. He transmitted his joy and sense of humor to everyone he touched. I have particularly fond memories of his son Steve mentoring and guiding us through many crazy youth group trips.

  • JANET AND FAMILY,
    WE ARE SORRY TO HEAR OF MERYL’S PASSING. HE WAS A VERY SPECIAL FRIEND AND WILL BE MISSED. MERYL TOUCHED SO MANY PEOPLE’S LIFE’S AND WE WILL HAVE MANY MEMORIES. LAURA WAS BLESSED TO HAVE HIM SING AT HER WEDDING AND HAVE THE CD. YOU AND FAMILY ARE IN OUR PRAYERS.

  • To Janet and family. So sorry to hear about Merle’s passing, but we know that he’s in a much better place and his suffering has ended. Wish I could be there for his services, but my thoughts will be with you. Love and prayers to you.

  • So sorry to hear of Merle’s passing. Great memories of the choir at St. Paul’s years ago. It was always so nice to run into Merle around town. Condolences to the entire family.

  • We always enjoyed talking with Merle. He will be missed by many, including us. Our prayers are with your family.

  • Always enjoyed talking to Merle and he will be missed…I so enjoyed your tribute video and Merle singing in the background….brought back many memories of him singing at St. Paul’s ..blessing to all of you..

  • Very sorry to hear of Merle’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Philip Stauffer and Family

  • Janet & Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Ken & Sherry Bollinger
    Arizona