April 19, 1928-July 8, 2004
HERMISTON - The funeral service for George Richard "Dick" Stultz will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 16, at the Kennewick Seventh-day Adventist Church on 10th Street in Kennewick, Wash. Interment will be at the Desert Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Stultz, 76, a retired postal worker and watch collector, who had often said he needed all the time he could get, died on Thursday, July 8, 2004, at his home in Hermiston,
The fifth of seven children, he was born at Kennewick, Wash., on April 19, 1928, to George Levten and Helen Shoemaker Stultz. He grew up in the Tri-Cities and had lived in each of the cities, Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, and attended school in all three. He would have graduated with the Kennewick High School class of 1946 but was drafted into the Army. He received his GED after his discharge.
Mr. Stultz worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1950s and as a patrolman for the City of Kennewick. In 1957 he began working as a utility carrier for the Kennewick Post Office and became Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor when Pasco and Kennewick merged to become the Tri-City Mail Center. In 1968 he transferred to the Sumner, Wash., Post Office where he became a Rural Mail Carrier, and lived in the Puyallup Valley.
Mr. Stultz served as committeeman, vice president and president of the Washington State Rural Letter Carriers Association.
In 1985 after 33 years of government service, Mr. Stultz and his wife retired to a log cabin he built in the foothills of the Blue Mountains near Heppner. After retirement they went back to work for a few years as maintenance supervisor and co-resident managers of Hawthorne Court Retirement Community.
Mr. Stultz was an artist, an avid reader of history, especially Western and Lewis and Clark, he played the guitar and sang, he and his wife were active in square dancing, and he loved studying genealogy. He also loved watches and collected many of them. Before he died he gave each of his sons and grandsons one of his watches. Mr. Stultz used to say, of his watch collecting, he needed all the time he could get.
He was a member of the National Rural Letter Carriers of America, Prairie Shuffler's; St. John's Church; Heppner Elks, American Legion; and Good Shepherd Auxiliary and Hospice.
He was preceded in death by his father; stepfather, Fred Higley; mother, Helen Stultz Higley; sisters, Lillian Larsen and Theda Anders; brothers Gene, Art, and Marion; and grandson, Richard Allen Stultz.
Survivors include, Mary, his wife of 36 years; sons, Steven Stultz and wife Diane, Fred Stultz and wife Maurine, David Stultz, Curtis Stultz and wife, Kathryn, and Joseph Stultz and wife, Tami; daughters, ReDonna Sterba and husband, Joseph, Cathy Marie Raymer and husband, William, and Lorina Conlin and husband, Patrick; 17 grandchildren, Amy, Melissa, Chris, Nick, Theressa, Matthew, Nigel, Olivia, Hannah, April, Adam, Joseph, Thomas, Danny, Jerry, Jesse and Hailey; seven great-grandchildren and a brother, Robert Stultz.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice 645 W. Orchard Hermiston, OR 97838.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of local arrangements.