Marvyn was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; his father, Charles; his mother, Hulda; seven brothers: Howard, Ronald, Harold (died as an infant), Alfred, LeRoy (died at age 5 of scarlet fever), Raymond, and Lester; three sisters: Leona, Ruby, and Viola. He is survived by his eldest son, James Schultz (Susan); his daughters, Alice Schultz Gloyne (Lloyd) and Cynthia Schultz; his youngest son, Philip Schultz (Karen); four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
VISITATION: Tuesday, August 2nd from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, August 3rd at 10:30am at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 15002 Blondo St. Interment with Military Honors: Wednesday, August 3rd at 2pm at Omaha National Cemetery.
Marvyn Roscoe Schultz, age 95, of Papillion, went to be with his Savior at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 30th after a very brief stay at the Veteran’s home in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Marvyn was born on Monday, April 11, 1927 in a small farmhouse outside of DeSmet, South Dakota to Charles and Hulda (Krueger) Schultz. He was delivered into this world by his oldest sister, Leona. Marvyn was the second from the youngest of eleven children.
Charles and Hulda moved to Lone Rock, Iowa where Marvyn attended school in a one room schoolhouse. He eventually graduated from Lone Rock High School at the age of 17. He was a fine athlete, playing both basketball and baseball. After graduating from high school, Marvyn enrolled at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where he began work on a degree in biology.
But Marvyn’s schooling would have to wait. When he turned 18 he was drafted into the Army. He was sent overseas to Berlin, arriving just shortly after World War II was ending. There he became the assistant to the Army chaplain. He was given a Bible and the keys to a jeep so he could drive the chaplain around Berlin. Of course, Marvyn had never driven a vehicle in his life, so he taught himself to drive a manual transmission jeep on the streets of Berlin!
It was while he was in Berlin that Marvyn received the call from God to become a minister. He was attending a service in the hospital chapel in Berlin where there was a stained glass window depicting Christ with his arms out welcoming all who would come. As Marvyn looked at that window, a voice spoke to him saying, “I want you.” From that moment on, Marvyn was determined to become a pastor.
In 1947 Marvyn was discharged from the Army and returned to Iowa where he went back to Morningside College to complete his degree, becoming the first member of his family to earn a college degree. He would eventually go on to receive a Masters in Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from the Baptist Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
While visiting his home church in Lone Rock, Iowa, he met the love of his life; Martha Kingma. They began courting by writing to each other every day. The second time they met, Marvyn asked Martha to marry him. The third time they were together was on their wedding day: August 25, 1949. They were happily married for 67 years before Martha went home to be with the Lord.
Marvyn and Martha lived in Chicago while Marvyn attended the Moody Bible Institute to get his Bible training. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in Fosterberg, Illinois on November 25, 1953. He served churches in Fosterberg, Illinois, Little Rock, Iowa (23 years), Fullerton, Nebraska and Meade, Nebraska before retiring at the age of 70.