Sunday, February 26, 1928
Date of Death:
Thursday, May 14, 2020
92 years old
Victor Schulze, 92, of Rochester, formerly Spring Valley area, died Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Whitewater Health Systems in St. Charles.
Vic was born February 26, 1928 in Mason, Texas to Hulda and Hugo Schulze. After high school, he enrolled at Texas A & M while also serving as a military cadet. After earning his B.A. degree, he served as a Second Lieutenant in the Army, stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. While at Fort Lewis, he met and married Elizabeth Osipchak, who was serving as a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. They were married 68 years.
After they completed their service tours, they moved to Kerrville, TX where Vic taught vocational agriculture to 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Lee worked as a nurse at a veteran’s hospital.
Two years later, they moved to Mountain Grove, Missouri, where Vic taught school while also operating a dairy farm. While there, Lee served as a school nurse.
In 1956, the couple moved to Rochester where Vic began working at Libby’s as a field representative contracting with farmers to grow the crops canned by Libby’s. Later in his career, he managed the scheduling and buying process for the canning plant. During this time, Lee served as a nurse with the Mayo Clinic.
After retiring, they bought a small hobby farm near Spring Valley, MN. They lived there for 20 years before moving to Stewartville. After Lee’s death, Vic moved to St. Charles and then to his daughter’s home in Rollingstone.
Vic is survived by two daughters, Rebecca (Will) Bly of Rollingstone, MN and Lynn (Mark) Schwartz of St. Louis Park, MN; a sister, Marie Spoonhour, of Fremont, Nebraska; grandchildren, Alison (Brian Weeks) Schwartz and Amy Schwartz, both of Washington, DC, Zach (Jeanie) Otten of Rochester, Jason Otten of St. Louis, MO, Derrick (Trish) Bly of Rochester, and Carrie (Bruce) Bach of Ely, MN; and seven great-grandchildren.
Vic is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two brothers.
A memorial gathering will be scheduled at a later date. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN.
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Cousins: It was with great sadness that I stumbled across Victor’s obituary. Please email me with your contact information. Warren passed away in June of 2018 and mother followed February 2019. Ronnie and I have been in contact for years. We would love to include you in our frequent communications. The Spoonhour’s do do reply to any of our attempts to communicate.
Cousin Charles Schulze
Years and years ago, we admired some beautiful furniture in a friend's home. We were told that it had been made by a lovely man, Victor Schulze.
We followed up, contacting Vic. And before we knew it, he had made a gorgeous coffee table for us out of rosewood, then a study full of oak bookshelves
with a matching desk. When we acquired a computer, Vic designed the desk for it. When we "needed" a wall size window seat with storage below, Vic built it.
Along the way, we had the joy of meeting Lee, his wonderful wife, and between them, hearing about their two daughters and their families. Grandchildren stories
were alway the best.
It was with sadness that we learned about Vic's recent passing.
Truly, he a was a man who touched the world in so many positive ways, making it a better place. He touched our lives, and made them more beautiful.
We will remember him.
Becky and Lynn, and families,
I am sorry to read about the loss of your father. I remember him painting at his easel in the basement and the beautiful Arizona Highways magazines he use to have. I see in the picture he still smoked his pipe, too! Becky, I remember blowing bubbles in your basement and then having a soapy slick mess on the floor (but we had fun). What a mess! Your mom wasn't mad - she was a saint! How time flies....
Cherish the memories and remember he is with your mom now. You were blessed to have him in your lives for so long.
Vic and Lee were our backyard neighbors for many years in Stewartville. We have many pieces of wood furniture that he made for us. They are very important to us. We had meals together back and forth many times and played Yatzee together.
we miss them both a lot!
please keep in touch so that we can attend the memorial service. We attended Lee’s.
they were both special people
Arden & Sharon Harberts 601 Ferson Drive NE, Stewartville
To the family of Vic,
Our family’s deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Vic. My father, Bill Simon, worked with Vic for about 20 years at Libby’s from the 1950s to 1970. My dad died suddenly picking corn in 1970 and Vic was one of his pallbearers for his funeral held on Thanksgiving morning. Over the years he continued to stay in touch with my mom Imy. He also was a good friend to my Uncle Jerry who worked at Libby’s as well as Rodney Ruud who was our neighbor in Ostrander and my husband’s uncle. So you realize Vic was a very important part of our family. I was smiling seeing his picture still with his Pipe. I am sure he will be missed by all. Sympathies to you all!
Cathy & Larry Ruud