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Lawrence A. “Larry” Schulte Sr.

November 18, 2013

Maple Hill- Lawrence A. “Larry” Schulte Sr. passed away Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Midland Hospice House in Topeka.

He was born June 11, 1918 at Wichita, the son of Albert and Etta Jordan Schulte. Larry grew up in Goddard and later moved to St. Marys. He graduated from St Marys High School with the class of 1936. Larry attended Friends University in Wichita where he played basketball. He served in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII with the 312 Depot Repair Squadron in North Africa and Southern Italy.

The town of Schulte was named for his grandfather Peter Schulte who sold his land to the railroad for $1.00, a spur was added and soon an elevator and the community grew from there.

scan0194After returning from the war Larry and his wife LaVina moved to Wichita where he farmed. They later moved to Maple Hill and Larry was a mechanic owning and operating Larry’s Garage. He attended the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church and was a member of the James Elmer Romick American Legion Post No. 130 in Maple Hill. He had been a member of the VFW and the Moose Lodge. Larry was a volunteer fireman and had served as Chief of the Maple Hill Fire Department and the Maple Hill Cemetery Board. He was a member of the Wabaunsee County Historical Society and a past member of the Kiwanis Club. Larry and LaVina looked forward to his DSR reunion each year and he was starting to make plans for the 2014 reunion.

scan0195On December 26, 1941 he was united in marriage to LaVina Mackie at her parents’ home in Maple Hill. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2008. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Schulte and a sister Norma Jean Thome.

Surviving are his children and their spouses, Larry (Barbara) Schulte Jr., Overland Park, Lana (Kent) Johnson and Layne (Kelley) Schulte all of Maple Hill; six grandchildren, Martina Johnson, Timothy Beseau, Tiffany Clayton, Aimee Sesler, Zachary Schulte and Cameron Schulte; six great-grandchildren, Jordan Johnson, Erika Sesler, Grant Sesler, Sophia Sesler, Ezekiel Clayton and Brantley Schulte.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M.Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church. Interment with military services will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Mr. Schulte will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M.Friday, November 22, 2013 at the church in Maple Hill. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church or Midland Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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24 thoughts on “Lawrence A. “Larry” Schulte Sr.

  1. Larry was one of the nicest elders in the community and certainly had a big impact on me and the rest of the kids growing up in the community, often keeping us out of trouble. He was always easy to talk to and always had wisdom attached to his advice. It was real men of honor like him that helped teach us morals, causing us to often make the right choices in life. Our condolences to his family. Marty & Sheri Dennis

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Larry was a great person and will always be remember for the person he was. .

  3. To Larry, Lana, Layne and families,
    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Larry was a wonderful person, truly a great guy. When my folks and I moved to Maple Hill in 1960 I got to know and like Larry because he took the time to help me fix the many bicycle flat tires I experienced riding on the gravel roads around town. In many ways, he reminded me of my Dad, always cheerful and caring. He will me missed.

    Pat and Cathy Myers

  4. Larry, Lana, Layne and families,
    So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing, you are all in my prayers in your time of sorrow. Will never forget pulling up to get $5.00 of gas and Larry asking if it was going to last ALL week, or getting right on a flat so we wouldn’t miss school. Your Dad was an awesome man to say the least, he will be missed by you all, but he is in a better place now and no pain..
    Rest in peace Larry Sr. and God Bless You All
    Sandra Oberhelman Leidig

  5. Please accept my condolence for your loss. Larry was an easy going staple for Maple Hill, who will truly be missed. God bless!

  6. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Not only was Larry one of our greatest generation, he was a class act. I know he will be missed greatly.

    Galen Mote

  7. Lana & Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad. I first met him at Puffy’s morning coffee men morning meetings when I worked there. He was such a sweet, courteous and loving man. A true Maple Hill Icon! He will be missed by all who had the privilege to have known him. Please know you’re in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.
    The Stum’s ~ Sis & Wilbur,Jr.

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. We know how difficult this is for all of you as it happened so fast. Glad we were able to sit with Larry, Lana & Kent at our Veterans Day dinner and visit. Larry was a great guy and will always have good memories of him and LaVina. That void of not having him with you will be with you always, but just remember all the great memories you made with him. Love & Prayers!

  9. Our prayers are with your family as you go through these hard days. We will surely miss seeing Larry sitting in the pew on Sunday mornings. He has sat in the same place every Sunday for so long. I know that when this is all over you will realize that it was best he didn’t suffer long. We are so sorry for the pain he suffered at first, but glad he was at peace when he went to be with the Lord. We wish the best for all of the family, and he will be missed.

  10. So sorry to hear about “Papa Schulte”. It is never easy to lose our loved ones, but may your family get strength from our Lord above during this difficult time. Enjoy your memories and I know you have a lot of them as Larry had a wonderful life. May you find peace that he is in a better place. All our Love, Jared, Janelle, Karsen and Dawson Schultz

  11. We were sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. He always had a smile and time for a quick chat. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you, his family, as you go through this time of sorrow.

  12. Dear Schulte family,
    Our family also walked this same path just last week, so we know exactly how you are feeling. Yes, there’s a big empty spot in all of your hearts! It’s hard to believe how quickly life changes, as both my mother and Larry were still up and going strong until a few days before their calling by God. They had many years here on earth, and guess that’s just means we have been blessed with many, many more memories to cherish. We knew we couldn’t keep them forever, even though we wanted to, but the loss still stings. Can’t you just imagine the joyous celebration in heaven as they meet Jesus and reunite with family and friends? You all are in our thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead. With our deepest sympathy.

  13. The passing of Larry, seems so hard to believe still. Larry was such a sweet person. On weekday mornings, when my office door was open, Larry would tap on my window and peek his head in to say ‘Hello’. Some days we would visit for a little while – others he just wanted to stop by to say hello and ask how my day was going. And would always ask about my mom. I will miss those days. Please know that all of the family, is in our thoughts and prayers, as I know that the next few days will be difficult. But knowing that your mom was waiting for him at the ‘Pearly Gates’ should be a comfort to you. And that he is no longer in any pain. God Bless.

  14. Larry was an instrumental part of my life when I moved to Maple Hill in 1974 and then again when we returned in 1980. He always had a smile and a good word. We thank him for his wisdom and kindness. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Cliff Hastings and Landa Frontino

  15. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family. Larry was such a wonderful person and one that will truly be missed by everyone.

  16. So sorry for the news of Larry passing. What a great person to know, along with the whole family, loved knowing LaVina, along with all the fun birthday party’s and growing up in Maple Hill was the best. So thankful to have known him! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.. Hugs to the family <3

  17. I was sorry to learn of Larry’s death. We had a short visit in October when I was home. He was his usual self, always pleasant and thinking of others. May he rest in peace and may your family be comforted by the knowledge of the resurrection and the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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