OHIO, Ill. — Lester "Arlen" Schultz, 74, of Ohio, Ill., passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Pleasant View Lutheran Home in Ottawa surround by his family.
He was born April 1, 1939, in Princeton to Lester R. and Eleanor (May) Schultz. He graduated from Ohio High School in 1957. He married Norma Hansen (Schmidt) in 1983 at the United Methodist Church in Mendota. He was previously on the Ohio School Board, serving as president and was a longtime member of the Barbershop Chorus.
Arlen was a life-long trucker and farmer. In his younger years he showed Chester White hogs and won many awards, including Grand Champion Barrow Champ. He took over Schultz Trucking in the mid 80s. He loved driving trucks and it was obvious, as he was named Trucker of the Month for Midwest Trucking Association in October 1984.
He is survived by his wife, Norma; his children, Diana "Dee Dee" Schwingle of LaSalle, Bruce (Cathy) Schultz of Ohio, Ill., Bridgot Lampkin of Ohio, Ill., Brian "Doug" (Pam) Schultz of Lacon, Darren (Shannon) Schultz of Evansville, Ind., Tina (Casey) McCook of Standard, Kim (Tim) Kennedy of Mendota, Stacy (Jim) Walter of Seatonville, Rachel (Dan) Schlipmann of Normal and Krista (Shane) Byers of Tiskilwa; 23 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Jones of Utica; a sister-in-law and brother in-law, Linda (Jim) Rotter of Walford, Iowa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one nephew, Chad Jones in 2002; and one niece, Christa (Jones) Demo in 2007.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with the Rev. Peter Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery in Ohio, Ill.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Pleasant View Lutheran Home or Alzheimer's Association.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.