Obituary of

Abraham H. Schultz

May 1, 1914 - August 27, 1967

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”

It has pleased the Lord, Creator and Sustainer of Life, to take from this earthly life a husband, father, brother, pastor, and friend. “The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Abraham H. Schultz, son of the late Henry H. And Maria Fast Schultz, was born May 1, 1914 at Mt. Lake, Minnesota, and departed this life Sunday, August 26, 1967, 10:05 p.m. He reached the age of 53 years, 3 months, and 27 days.

At an early age, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at the age of 13, and became a member of the E.M.B. Church at Lustre, Montana. Early in life he felt called to prepare himself for God’s service. He attended Northwestern Bible School at Minneapolis, Minnesota. This training was interrupted due to family circumstances, but later while in Pennsylvania, he attended the Reformed Episcopal Seminary at Philadelphia. On August 8, 1939 he was united in marriage to Catherine Claassen of Paso Robles, California, with whom he shared joys and sorrows, blessing and adversity, for 28 years. This union was blessed with six children.

While residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he was active in a small Sunday School work in the Woodland Hills area, and there began his preaching ministry. From there he was called to the E.M.B. Church at Henderson, Nebraska, and was ordained to the ministry Nov. 9, 1941, in the E.M.B. Church at Dallas, Oregon. He also served the East Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown, PA., for nine years; the Gospel Mennonite Church, Mt. Lake, Minn., for six years; the Richfield Mennonite Church, Richfield, Pa., for six years; coming to the Steinbach E.M.B. church last year in July.

He served on the Board of Directors of Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, Nebraska, for approximately 15 years, and as President of the Board for six years. While in Richfield, Pennsylvania, he taught in the Central Penn Christian Training Institute, at Sunbury, for six years, and was president of the school for two years.

He had a great zeal for evangelism, and conducted Evangelistic campaigns in many places. He was enthusiastic in his labors for the Lord, whom he loved devotedly. He will be remembered for his love for souls, his understanding counsel, and his strong convictions of the authority of the Word of God.

To his family he was a loving husband and affectionate father. He had a vital concern for the spiritual welfare of each of his children which he expressed even in his last illness.

Having enjoyed good health, it came as a shock when he was stricken with a heart attack last year, Sept. 21. He made a rapid recovery, and was happy to be preaching again and assuming the leadership of the church here. He suffered another heart attack Aug. 4, and a stroke two weeks later, from which he never recovered. He had expressed his desire to go home to be with the Lord, and now that wish has been granted.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Catherine; four sons – Kenneth and wife Bette, of Lompoc, California; Alvin of Omaha, Nebraska; Richard and Donald at home; two daughters – Ruth and her husband Robert Seth of Dallas, Texas; and Esther of Omaha, Nebraska; one brother, David H. of Dallas, Oregon; five sisters – Mary, Mrs. Aron Buhler, of Mt. Lake, Minn.; Sarah, Mrs. Oswald Jantzen, of Dallas, Oregon, Miss Anna Schultz of Salem, Oregon; Helen, Mrs. C.A. Wall, of Hooker, Okla.; Olga, Mrs. Curt A. Claassen, missionary to India, now of Whitewater, Kansas. His parents, brother Henry, and three infant brothers preceded him in death. He also leaves many relatives and a host of friends by whom he will be missed.

As a family we wish to express our deep gratitude for every act of love and consideration to us in this time of need. It has been of great comfort and encouragement to know that many have prayed and shared our burden with us. Above all, we are grateful to God for His great grace and abundant strength. We sorrow not as those who have no hope, but rejoice in the fact that one day we will be united, “ever to be with the Lord.”
        – The Family

Friends and loved ones are invited to share in a time of informal fellowship in the church basement after the committal service.

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