Alvin Gilbert "Duke" Schulz was born May 16, 1934, in Hungerford Township, Plymouth County, the son of Le Roy and Mildred (Peterson) Schulz. He attended country school and completed his education in Le Mars.
Alvin proudly served in the Iowa National Guard with the 34th "Red Bull" Infantry.
Duke was a "Jack of all Trades." He worked in the Le Mars and Sioux City areas in construction and masonry work. He was employed in the maintenance departments at Le Mars Community School and Le Mars Mutual Insurance Company. Duke also worked as a farmhand for Fay and Dan Wells.
On Sept. 9, 1972, Duke and Sandy Crabb were united in marriage. The couple made their home in Le Mars.
Duke was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Le Mars.
He was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing and being outdoors.
On his hobby farm he raised and cared for his small animals. He raised a large vegetable garden and enjoyed selling his "crop" at the Farmer's Market during his retirement years.
Duke will be lovingly remembered by his children, Laura and Jeff Dimmick of Le Mars, Tracey and Scott Shinsato of West Richland, Wash., Clifford and Amy Schulz of Sioux Falls, S.D., Dawn and David Hauf of South Sioux City, Neb.; a son-in-law Gary Truman of Beemer, Neb.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild on the way; sisters, Sharon Keller of Le Mars, Diane and Pete Kamstra of Orange City, Paulette and Jerry Lewis of Le Mars, Betty and Mark Saltsgiver of Le Mars; brothers Bill of Merrill, Manuel and Nancy, Darrell and Cathy, Le Roy and Betty, all of Le Mars.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sandy; a daughter, Mickey Truman; a grandson, Lane Dimmick; sisters, Helen Jaros and Shirley Ainsworth.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The Rev. James Strickland of the Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Burial will follow at a later date at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Honorary pallbearers will be Duke's grandchildren.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.