Lester Kenneth Schultz(e), 88, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at the Platte County Legacy Home in Wheatland, Wyoming.
Lester was born on Monday, September 18, 1933 in Mitchell, Scottsbluff County, Nebraska to Kenneth Francis and Faris Frankie (Martin) Schultz(e).
Lester was raised and educated in Mitchell, Nebraska. Lester participated in track and football. He lettered in track running the 100 and 200-yard dash and the 880-yard relay. Lester also lettered in football as a halfback and linebacker.
After graduating in 1952, Lester enlisted in the United States Navy. Lester was aboard the minesweeper U.S.S. Surfbird AM383, stationed in Long Beach, California. He served in the Korean War, stationed at Wanson, Korea and then in Yokosuka, Japan. Lester’s job was a Boiler Operator. Upon Lester’s honorable discharge, in 1956, his rank was an E3-FN.
On October 18, 1953, Lester married Wanda Jean Kissack. They were married in the Presbyterian Church in Torrington, Wyoming.
After Lester’s discharge, he was an auto body man for a local business. He then moved to Lusk, Wyoming, where he also worked as an auto body man for his brother-in-law, Harold Smith. Lester then moved to Douglas, Wyoming and then to Casper, Wyoming to detail cars. He worked for Al Rorabough at the Sinclair station in Casper, then moved to Torrington, Wyoming to work for Al at the Conoco station as a mechanic. Lester decided to venture out on his own and bought the Texaco station, Les’ Texaco, in Torrington, and then went on to buy the Phillips 66 station.
In June of 1976, Lester and Wanda moved to Wheatland and he went to work for WYDOT (highway department) as a mechanic. He retired in June of 1995.
Lester enjoyed working in his yard and his rose beds. He always had a project to do. He loved listening to the old country music and watching old western television shows.
Lester loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lester is survived by two of his four sons, Rocky Shultz and wife, Norma, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ricky Schultz and wife, Roberta “Birdie” of Wheatland; one daughter, Cindy Schultz of Wheatland; sister, Leona Keener of Marsland, Nebraska; brother, Jimmy Schultz and wife, Jeanette of Torrington; six granddaughters, Michelle, April, Tabitha, Ronni, DesiRae, and Rikki Jean; four grandsons, Ryan, Casey, Justin, and Joshua; several great granddaughters, great
grandsons, great-great granddaughters, great-great grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lester was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Travis Schultz in infancy and Rusty Schultz in 1997; his beloved wife, Wanda in 1994; and great granddaughter, Kaylee May Ross in 2013.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the First State Bank Conference Center from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Military honors will be accorded at 4:30 P.M.
Memorial donations made to the Lester Schultz Memorial Fund, in care of First State Bank, 1405 Sixteenth Street, Wheatland, Wyoming 82201 would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.
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