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Robert L. Schulz Sept. 10, 1945 – Nov. 6, 2012

Posted: Monday, Nov 26th, 2012

Robert “Bob” Lee Schulz Sr., son of Wilbert and Delphine (Fulton) Schulz, was born Sept. 10, 1945, in Goodland, Kan., and passed away Nov. 6, 2012, at his home in Oklahoma City, at the age of 67 years.

As a young boy, Bob accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Lakin, Kan. While in high school, Bob was a sports enthusiast, participating in archery, football and basketball. Baseball however, was his true passion. Bob’s pitching ability was respected and admired throughout the region, and during that time period he tried out for the Pittsburg Pirates as a pitcher, but was too young to be signed. He played baseball with a semi-pro team before entering college in the fall of 1963. Bob graduated high school in Lakin, Kan., with the Class of 1963.

After one year of college at Garden City Community College, Bob began his lifelong career in the oil and gas field, beginning with Kansas Nebraska Energy. Bob was united in marriage to Harriet Frazer on June 3, 1964. They made their home in Lakin and Syracuse, Kan. To this union three children, Robert Jr., Jeffrey and Erica, were born.

He worked for Dome Petroleum as a supervisor while in the Syracuse area. Bob honed his carpentry skills by buying and remodeling older homes. He was “flipping” houses, before flipping was “cool.” He loved the creativity and challenge of finding homes in neglect and disrepair and adhered to the philosophy of leaving something better than he found it.

He was introduced to his future wife Alfreda Lyon by her three young boys in 1985, and on Jan. 25, 1986, their family was united in marriage at the First Baptist Church in Waynoka, Okla. Brent, Jeremy and Chad grew to love Bob as their dad. Texaco transferred their family to Big Piney, Wyo., in January 1990, where they made their home for the next 19 years.

It was during this time period that he realized that he was “coming home to a place he’d never been before.” He’d always had a passion for the outdoors and found himself in a sportsman’s paradise, embracing every season with a fresh passion. Upon retirement from Chevron in June 2007, he and Alfreda relocated for one year to Denver, Colo., continuing on to Oklahoma City, Okla., where they made their home until the time of his death.

Bob was preceded in death by his father Wilbert Schulz. Bob is survived by his wife Alfreda of the home, his mother Delphine Schulz of Lakin, Kan. five sons Robert Jr. of Garden City, Kan., Jeffrey Schulz, of Halstead, Kan., Brent and Tayton Lyon of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jeremy and Tiffany Lyon and Chad and Rebecca Lyon of Tuttle, Okla., one daughter Erica and Bret Stultz, of McPherson, Kan., two sisters Pat and Charlie Norton, of Leota, Kan., and Judy and Steve Moyer of Lakin, Kan., one brother Jerry and Carol Schulz, of Lakin, Kan., 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.

For the complete article see the 11-27-2012 issue.

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