October 08, 1939 ‒ January 24, 2018
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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