George Schultze, 76
George Schultze, 76, of Hayden, Idaho, met his Lord and Savior on Dec. 1, 2017. George was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, uncle and mentor/coach to countless boys and girls for decades.
George was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Fulton, Mo. His family moved to Southern California when he was one year old, where he became the oldest of four brothers. George married his wife, Linda, in 1962 and they remained happy together for 55 years.
George joined General Motors in 1961 where he worked as a computer programmer for more than 30 years. When he was presented with the opportunity to retire early, George and Linda left Southern California for their new home in Hayden, Idaho.
George was an avid sports fan and closely followed the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Kings. He coached Hayden Little League baseball teams for 15 years and won a state championship in 1999. George was inducted into the Hayden Little League Hall of Fame in April 2013.
George also coached Kootenai Girls Softball Association teams for five years, as well as countless Coeur d’Alene and Hayden Parks and Recreation girls’ basketball and slow-pitch softball teams, until Parkinson’s disease took its toll and he was no longer able to coach.
In spite of his diagnosis, George continued to support his grandchildren’s activities after he retired from coaching. He attended their musical theater performances and concerts, and traveled to cheer on his granddaughters’ softball and track teams.
Although he didn’t serve in the Armed Forces, George had tremendous love and respect for our veterans. His personal mission for many years was to thank all of the veterans he met for their service. At last count, George had shared his personal appreciation with more than 600 local servicemen and women.
George is survived by his wife, Linda; two children, Melanie and Gary; four grandchildren, Kyle, Kayla, Grace and Phoebe; one great-grandchild, Reagan; and two brothers, Greg and Randy. He is reunited with his brother, Dan, who preceded him in death. He is greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
Yates Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Please visit George’s online memorial and sign his guestbook at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.