Bill Schultz of Grass Valley passed away on Nov. 27, 2013, in Reno, Nev.
Bill was born on May 19, 1933, in Salmon, Idaho, to Clarence and Elsie Schultz. Bill’s father worked for the Conservation Corps around Salmon, and when Bill was 7, his father was fighting a lightning-caused timber fire, was struck by lightning and killed. After the passing of their father, Bill and his sister, Marlene, spent their childhood growing up with family in Wells, Nev.
After graduating from high school at 17, he left home and enlisted in the Navy. Bill was a Korean War veteran and spent over 20 years on active duty and as a reservist.
Some of the positions that Bill held were manager of the 4-Way Truck Stop in Wells, Nev., owner of Bill Schultz Chevron and Alta Sierra Exxon, Nevada County supervisor of District 4, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation founder, board member of the Nevada County Council on Alcoholism and owner/operator of Bill’s Chuckwagon. He was also a Little League coach and sponsor of many teams, helped with the Nevada County 4-H program, supported FFA, was a member and past president of the Grass Valley Rotary and was a member of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Bill loved hunting, fishing and participating in his grandchildren’s activities. He played pinochle with a passion. He looked forward to playing cards with his family in Wells on every visit.
Bill is survived by his wife, Margaret Tigan Schultz; sister, Marlene June Brough; daughters Jeneine Schultz Bazinet, Cammie Herzog and Holly Jones; sons Joel Willard Schultz and Adam Matthew Schultz; and many grandchildren, sons and daughters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and large extended family. He is preceded in death by Denise Marlene Schultz Sharkey, Julianne Joyce Schultz and Tiffany Paige Schultz.
The grave site services will be for family members only. There will be a memorial held in January at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Bill Schultz was a champion of many causes and people. He will be greatly missed.