June 2, 1940 – Sept. 19, 2019
Gary Robert Shultz was born June 2, 1940 to parents Chickie and Robert in Los Angeles, Calif. Gary passed away September 19, 2019 at his home due to complications of COPD.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and sister Sue. Gary also recently lost is beloved furry companion Dawg. Gary is survived by his younger sister Helen and her husband Joe Bevacqua of Dana Point, Calif.; his younger Brother Ron and his wife Denise Shultz, also of Dana Point, Calif.; son Cary Shultz of Winston-Salem, N.C.; daughter Tiffany Shultz of New Port Richie, Fla., and her daughter Priscilla; and his son Chad Shultz and wife Tera of Peoria, Ariz., and their children Keston and Venda; Gary was also survived by many dear friends who became like family to him.
Gary grew up in Southern California, schooled in both parochial and public schools. After graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corp and served four years traveling to the Far East and Middle East. He attained the rank of Corporal (E-4) upon retiring from the Marines. He had many colorful stories to tell family and friends of his time as a Marine. Gary was a very proud American and very proud to have served his country.
After the Marines, Gary settled into his profession in insurance sales. He married Priscilla Wilkins in 1966 and together they had 3 children. Later, Gary re-married to Karen White, who was a wonderful companion in fishing, camping and the many adventures helping to raise the children. Gary retired to the Kern River Valley in 2000 where he loved to fish, became a member of the Kern River Valley Elks, and became very involved in his community. Gary fit right in with his new community and being a member of the Elk’s which presented values of Americanism, family and community outreach which spoke directly to his generous nature and passion.
Gary loved to joke with anyone. He would make a statement to draw you in and then end it with an unexpected joke or anecdote. He loved to interact with others and had a quick wit, ready smile, and if needed an explanation about why things were the way they were. He was easy-going and a best friend to many who knew him. He is very missed and loved, but knowing he is at peace and safe at Home, gives all comfort during this time of sorrow.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Gary and his life at the Elks Lodge in Wofford Heights on November 9, 2019, at 11 a.m.