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James ‘Barney’ Schultz

July 22, 2014

    James E. “Barney” Schultz, 67, Decatur, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Jim was born Oct. 3, 1946, in Decatur, to the late Leo F. and Cordelia (Worthman) Schultz.
    He married his wife of 45 years, Bonnie Jean Girard, Oct. 19, 1968; she survives.
  Jim was a lifelong member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. J.J. Seimetz Council 864, where he served as Past Grand Knight. He served as the president of the Maintenance Committee for St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic School, where he retired after 37 years of service. Due to his love and dedication for children, he served as the athletic director for 16 years at St. Joseph Catholic School.
    Barney was part owner and operator of the family businesses, which first included the three plants of Decatur Ready Mix, which were also in Portland and Winchester, and then Baker and Schultz Bridge Construction, where he served as head mechanic. After retiring from the family business, he became the mechanic for the city of Decatur.
    He coached for decades with the Decatur Little League and for 10 years he served as president of all Decatur Baseball Youth Leagues. He served his community in the first group of the Decatur Police Reserves. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge for 47 years.
     Survivors include two sons, Scott (Cami) Schultz and Luke Schultz, both of Decatur; six grandchildren, Madison, Audrey, Alex, Andria, Nathan and Nicholas Schultz; four brothers, John (Brenda) Schultz, Tom (Sandy) Schultz, Fred (Ann) Schultz and Bill (Kellie) Schultz, all of Decatur; and four sisters, Gerri Matheny of Dade City, Fla., and Mary (Danny) French, Jane (Mike) Beery and Joyce Schultz, all of Decatur.
    He was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Mike Schultz; a niece, Jennifer Beery; and a nephew, Eryk Heck.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Fr. David Voors, Fr. Philip DeVolder and Fr. Stephen Colchin co-celebrating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
    Visitation will be from 2–8 p.m. Monday at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 1:15 p.m. The K of C 4th Degree Honor Guard will post from 6–8 p.m.
    Preferred memorials are to St. Joseph Catholic School Athletic Dept. or to Decatur Baseball League.
    Online condolences may be made at www.hshfuneralhome.com.

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