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Ervin E. Schulze

Ervin Eugene Schulze

I was born at home, October 3, 1935 to Henry and Matilda (Stach) Schulze in rural Hordville, near Polk. I was the youngest of four children born to Hank and Tillie. Jesus called me Home on February 6, 2019, at the age of 83, as I was surrounded by my family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 9th at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Hampton. Rev. David Feddern and Pastor Loren Cooper will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Zion Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 4 – 7 P.M. Friday evening at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to designate at a later date. Higby-McQuiston Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


I was born at home, October 3, 1935 to Henry and Matilda (Stach) Schulze in rural Hordville, near Polk. I was the youngest of four children born to Hank and Tillie. Jesus called me Home on February 6, 2019, at the age of 83, as I was surrounded by my family.

I was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church, in rural Polk, on October 20, 1935 and reconfirmed my faith in my Lord Jesus Christ on April 10, 1949. I transferred my membership to Zion Lutheran Church of Hampton in September of 1963.

I received my 8th grade education at Immanuel Lutheran School, just a short walk from my childhood home. My first two years of high school were at Concordia in Seward, later returning home and graduating from Polk High in 1953 with all my other ornery classmates. Dean Lindburg and I went on to become the most proficient student manager duo in the history of Polk High!

On September 27, 1955, my good childhood buddy Neal Sandell and I entered the Army. I was stationed in Germany. I served my duty with the Army Security Agency until being discharged in August of 1957. Upon returning home from the Army, I was active Army Reserves until 1959 and discharged in 1961. Unbeknownst to my family, I was the original Sgt. Schulze…(Hogan’s Heros – HA!) It was during this time I engaged in farming in the Hampton area. Aside from farming, I also did custom corn shelling in the 60’s and 70’s, and hauled cattle to Omaha for area feeders.

My bachelor days changed when I walked into the Bradshaw Bank to do business one day. A pretty lady, named Diana Tracy, behind the window caught my eye. The premium for the insurance I bought that day became quite hefty as I courted this pretty lady, and then married her on September 22, 1963. We had four children, Sheli Renae in 1964, Jay Brian in 1966, Jill Deanne in 1970 and Cory Brent in 1973. We were blessed with nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A life changing moment in my life was in 1956. I was away in the Army, my niece Joanne, daughter of Lavern, was working with my father as he unloaded corn in an elevator and the hopper struck her in the head, accidentally killing her. In 1972, another near life changing moment took place, when I shot my good friend and neighbor Orville Roehrs in the leg while attempting to shoot a sow. The bullet ricocheted off the sow and penetrated his leg, causing him to be hospitalized for four days. The sheriff was called, but took one look at me and set me free.

In 1995, I turned the family farming over to my son Cory, and I went to work for the United Farmers Coop as a propane truck driver, retiring in the fall of 2004, giving me more time to spend in my wood working shop making lasting treasures for my family and others. I also enjoyed restoring and rebuilding tractors, both large and small, showing them at various parades and events. Being retired also meant that I had time to tune in to the Game Show Network, watching all my favorites, especially The Price is Right! Spending time with or visiting on the phone with my grandchildren was something I always looked forward to.

One of my greatest joys in life, has been serving my Lord in various Church capacities. Using my talents and resources, I enjoyed beautifying the Church inside and out. Mowing the Church grounds with my family for many years, woodworking and remodeling, serving on several boards, never singing in the choir but loving to sing my heart out from the pew.

My greatest pride at Zion was in 2009, when the Laborers for Christ Organization and the faithful members of Zion, moved the old school house across the campus and added 52 ft to the west to make one fantastic parish hall. The Lord blessed us with many dedicated workers, and we sang Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow regularly while we worked.

I have been blessed with many great friends over the years. Many cherished memories of old and new neighborhood friends, card club group, coffee group, Church family, Lutheran Laymens League, SYA Antique Tractor Club, former co-workers, fellow ball game goers, school board, coop board and Church board members, and making friends with anyone that I met while sitting on the bench at any department store while waiting for my wife, Nebraska State and County fair tractor enthusiasts, and the list goes on. Meeting many of these acquaintances, I always had a good story or joke to tell. Humor, making people smile, and sharing the great news of Jesus has been one of my highlights.

I am leaving behind a rich legacy of faith and faithfulness, a legacy of work and words, and a legacy of family and friends. I leave my wife, Diana of 55 years. Children: Sheli (Michael) Paulsen of Grand Island and their children Raece (Leah) Paulsen and Michelle Paulsen; Jay (Christie) Schulze of Aurora and their sons, Brian and Levi Schulze; Jill (Joel) Weisheit of Henderson and their children Carlie (Morgan) Robbins, Brooke Weisheit and Reagan Weisheit; Cory (Beth) Schulze of Hampton and their daughters Haley and Sophia Schulze. Great-granddaughter, Hazlie Robbins (granddaughter to Jill and Joel). God richly blessed us, and with His grace may He continue to add to our family. Also surviving is sister, Dolores Schulze; mother-in-law, Iona Tracy; sister-in-law, Annette Schulze; sister-in-law, Audrey (Adolph) Roesler; brother-in-law Wesley (Judy) Tracy and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Welcoming me to my Heavenly home are my parents; brother and sister-in-law Lavern and Elaine Schulze; brother, Marvin Schulze; niece, Joanne Schulze; nephew, Kent Christensen; father-in-law, Lloyd Ivan Tracy and brother-in-law, Lloyd Tracy, Jr.

Please don’t shed a tear for me, I am with my Master. I want to be remembered as the same ol’ coffee shop and ball game guy, or the man that always had Smarties in his pocket to share.

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