John W. 'Jack' Schultz

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John “Jack” Walter Schultz, 91, of McGregor, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, at Mayo Health in La Crosse, Wis. John was born June 1, 1929, to Benjamin Albert and Meda Marie (Zahn) Schultz in McGregor. He was baptized on June 8, 1930, and attended McGregor Public School.

Jack was united in marriage with the love of his life, Barbara LaVonne Huff, on Aug. 1, 1953, in McGregor. He was known to say, “If you’ve had a good wife, a good dog and a good gun, then you’ve had a good life, and I’ve had a very good life.” In his early years, Jack worked on the family farm, on a section crew for the railroad and hauled eggs for Dayton Dyke. In 1956, Jack went to work at Yellow River State Forest for the Iowa Conservation Commission. He was a foreman for the forestry division, running the sawmill, logging and planting trees, fencing state lands and working with inmates from Luster Heights, until his retirement in 1991. During 1970-1975, John, along with his family, operated the A&J Trail Rides just outside of McGregor near Pikes Peak.

Jack loved being in the outdoors working in the timber, and he loved to hunt and fish. He also loved to eat, especially blue gills, and he enjoyed many fish fries with family and friends. He also enjoyed being at Pikes Peak, where he and Barb operated the concession stand for 25 years. Jack spent a lot of time talking to the folks that stopped by and delivering firewood to campers. He always had a joke or funny story to tell and made many lasting friendships. He spent many happy hours playing cards with his family and friends and also enjoyed talking on the phone. He was friendly and outgoing. Jack will be truly missed.

Surviving Jack are his children, Andrew (Mary) Schultz of McGregor and Jacalyn Schultz-Sloan (Michael Sloan) of McGregor; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren (with one more on the way); and sister, Virginia Faktor, of Centennial, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Schultz; his parents, Benjamin and Meda Schultz; and his siblings, Robert Schultz, June Davies and Mary Nesbitt.

A public visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in McGregor.

There will be a private funeral held on Saturday with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McGregor.

Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required.

Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of McGregor is assisting the family with arrangements.

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