Posted: Wednesday, Nov 21st, 2012
Robert “Bob” Lee Schulz, Sr., son of Wilbert and Delphine (Fulton) Schulz, was born Sept. 10, 1945 in Goodland, Kan., and passed away Nov. 6, at his home in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the age of 67.
As a young boy, Bob accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Lakin, Kan. While in high school, Bob was a sports enthusiast, participating in archery, football and basketball. Baseball however, was his true passion. Bob’s pitching ability was respected and admired throughout the region, and during that time period he tried out for the Pittsburg Pirates as a pitcher, but he was too young to be signed. He played baseball, with a semi-pro team, before entering college in the fall of 1963.
Bob graduated high school in Lakin with the class of 1963. After one year of college at Garden City Community College, Bob began his lifelong career in the oil and gas field, beginning with Kansas Nebraska Energy. Bob was united in marriage to Harriet Frazer, on June 3, 1964. They made their home in Lakin and Syracuse, Kan. To this union three children, Robert Jr., Jeffrey and Erica were born. He worked for Dome Petroleum, as a supervisor, while in the Syracuse area.
Bob honed his carpentry skills by buying and remodeling older homes. He was “flipping” houses, before flipping was “cool.” He loved the creativity and challenge of finding homes in neglect and disrepair and adhered to the philosophy of leaving something better than he found it. He was introduced to his future wife, Alfreda Lyon, by her three young boys in 1985, and on Jan. 25, 1986, their family was united in marriage at the First Baptist Church, in Waynoka, Okla. Brent, Jeremy and Chad grew to love Bob as their dad.
Texaco transferred their family to Big Piney, in January 1990, where they made their home for the next 19 years. It was during this time period that Bob realized he was “coming home to a place he’d never been before.” He’d always had a passion for the outdoors and found himself in a sportsman’s paradise, embracing every season with a fresh passion. Upon retirement from Chevron, in June 2007, he and Alfreda relocated for one year to Denver, continuing on to Oklahoma City, Okla., where they made their home until the time of his death.
Bob was preceded in death, by his father, Wilbert Schulz. Bob is survived by his wife, Alfreda; his mother, Delphine Schulz, of Lakin; five sons, Robert Jr of Garden City, Kan., Jeffrey Schulz, of Halstead, Kan., Brent and Tayton Lyon, of Oklahoma City, Jeremy and Tiffany Lyon, and Chad and Rebecca Lyon, of Tuttle, Okla.; one daughter, Erica and Bret Stultz, of McPherson, Kan.; two sisters, Pat and Charlie Norton, of Leota, Kan. and Judy and Steve Moyer, of Lakin; one brother, Jerry and Carol Schulz, of Lakin; fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.