JAMES DONALD SHULTZ
James Donald Shultz, 81, of Columbia, passed away on April 23, 2014 at Lakeview Healthcare in Boonville.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 2, at Parker Funeral Service. Inurnment followed in Jacksonville Veteran’s Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at the funeral home.
Jim was born Nov. 28, 1932 in St. Joseph, to Lewis and Mildred Kelsey Shultz; they preceded him in death. He was married to Lois Bittick on May 9, 1959 and she survives.
Jim was a 1950 graduate of Centralia High School.
He attended the University of Missouri and went to Munich, Germany on a violin music scholarship.
In 1952, while in Germany, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He returned to college and attended Georgetown University before moving to Kansas City, where he began his career in the travel industry. While living in Columbia, Jim also served as the Head of the Travel Administration Department at Columbia College from 1972 to 1982.
Jim was a gifted musician and was designated a concert master violinist at the University of Missouri.
He spoke 30 different languages and spoke seven of them fluently. His hobbies included canoeing, camping, hiking, reading, and cooking.
Jim was a member of the VFW Post 280 in Columbia and the German-American Club in Kansas City.
Survivors also include children, Elise (Herbert) Homeyer of Marthasville, Ann (Victor Ulrich) Shultz of Pacific, Heidi (Joseph) Custin of Grandview, Kristina (Mark) Estes of Columbia, James R. (Suzanne) Shultz of Richland, and Martin (Angela) Shultz of Columbia; 17 grandchildren: nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jane Powell of Bowling Green.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter, 2400 Bluff Creek Drive, Columbia, Missouri 65201.
Online condolences can be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com