Herman O. Schulz, the son of Herman and Emile (Onken) Schulz, was born June 8, 1928, on the family farm in Grant Township, rural Plymouth County, Iowa. Herman attended country school near Craig. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Craig. As a young man, Herman worked for two years at the Chevrolet dealership in Le Mars.
Herman was united in marriage to Helen Albert March 28, 1950, at the Seney United Methodist Church. Herman and Helen farmed for more than 40 years in Elgin Township until their retirement in 1989 when they moved to Le Mars. While farming, Herman was involved with many civic and church activities.
Herman has held many positions throughout the years with the former First United Methodist Church, volunteered as a leader with the Elgin Eagles 4-H Club for several years, served on the Plymouth County Extension Council, Plymouth County Farm Bureau Township Director, A.S.C. Township Chairman, and a rural school board member.
Herman also served on the Plymouth County Fair Board for several years, he was the first chairman for the Plymouth County Soybean Association, and the Plymouth County Pork Producers.
Herman has also been honored by the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce for his service to the community, honored through the Plymouth County 4-H, in 1980 was honored with the designation as an Iowa Master Pork Producer, and was inducted into the Plymouth County Fair Board Hall of Fame.
After Herman retired and moved to Le Mars, he became very active with the Le Mars Kiwanis Club and had been honored with the Kiwanis Service to Agriculture Award.
Also during his retirement years, Herman discovered his talent and joy that woodworking provided. He has created and gifted many of his woodworking projects to family and friends.
In September 2006, Herman was united in marriage to Marlene Wagner. The couple made there home together in Le Mars.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Schulz of Le Mars; two children, Albert H. Schulz and his wife, Dorothy, of rural Le Mars and a daughter, Ann M. Schulz of Le Mars; two grandchildren, Patrick and Shallyn; two great-grandchildren, Jaydon and Khloe; three step-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren, one stepgreat-great-grandchild; in-laws, Dawn and Wes Orban of Rapid City, S.D., Janice M. Albert of Le Mars, and Earl and Janice Albert of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Emile (Onken) Schulz; his wife Helen on July 23, 2004; two brothers, Kenneth (Mildred) Shultz and Melvin (Virginia) Schulz; three sisters, Helen (Alfred) Hartman, Gladys (Benny) Ahrendt, and Arlene (Henry) McHale; and a brother-in-law, Harold Albert.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with Pastor Jon Meredith of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars, followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service Sunday evening at the funeral home. Visitation continued Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers were Ronald Hartman, Stanley Ahrendt, Jerry Hartman, Dennis McHale, Tom Schulz, Dave Bortscheller. Honorary casket bearers were Ed Rolfs, Tom Britt, Paul Boss, Charles Van De Water, Steve Anderson, Doug Schulz and Richard Schulz.
Expressions of sympathy can be directed to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.