July 8, 1933 – April 28, 2019
Our rock, Gunter Franz Schulz died peacefully in his home on April 28th, surrounded by his family while listening to his favorite music.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Gunter came to the United States in 1956 after swimming across a river to flee the communist regime. He moved to Chicago, worked as a tradesman and a tool die maker, became an American citizen on August 7, 1964, and met his beloved wife, Karlene (Oeser). They married on August 10, 1957 and enjoyed 61 wonderful years together.
Due to a relationship with Ray Kroc, Gunter made a career change which resulted in Michigan’s first McDonald’s (and many others) built by Gunter and his father-in-law, Karl, in Port Huron. In retirement, Gunter moved to Colorado Springs and spent winters in his RV with Karlene and their friends in Indio, California.
Gunter prized his family, referring to them as the “Schulz Tribe,” consisting of five children and a slew of grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Markus [(Jean)(Erika & Tim, Draven, Alivia), (Dieter & Laura, Hagen, Mady, Ida), (Karlee & Kevin)], Matthew [(Lori)(Josh & Abbie, Stella), (Jayde & Tyler), (Brayden)], Suzi [(Paul) (Emily)], Krista [(Kevin)(Lauran, Gunnar, Taylor, Brooke)] and Erik (Rylan, Deckard, Kollier). He is also survived by his brothers (Werner, Wilfried) and sister (Helga).
A champion golfer, swimmer and lover of the outdoors, Gunter relished his time with his family either on the golf course or hiking along the Matterhorn. He was an honorable man, doting husband, proud veteran and a loving father.
At this time only private services are planned in Colorado Springs, followed by a Memorial Service to be held July 13th in Port Huron, Michigan.