John Robert Schulz of Three Rivers died peacefully at his home on Sunday, January 22, 2017. He was 91.
John was born September 5, 1925, to Paul and Elizabeth Schulz in Fargo, N.D., where he was raised and educated. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. He served in the U.S. Navy and was proud to be a veteran of World War II.
During the 1950s, John worked as a physics and chemical technician for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, assisting with the conversion from manual to computer methods in the petroleum industry.
In the 1960s, John began a long career as an aerospace technician and engineer with the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation and McDonald-Douglas in Southern California. During his “space age” career, John was a test engineer on the Apollo rocket projects, a cryogenic test engineer for the Titan Missile project, and various other projects involving the manufacture and testing of rocket engines, electrical systems, and liquid oxygen systems.
John returned home to North Dakota where he was the customer service manager for a multi-state manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery. He was also a blacksmith and farrier. Some of the wrought iron work he and his father created can still be seen today adorning the historic buildings of downtown Fargo.
In his spare time, John enjoyed playing golf and spending time farming land in Harwood, N.D., and Georgetown, Minn.
In 2013, John moved to Three Rivers to live with his daughter, Suzie.
John is survived by his son, John Matthew Schulz, of San Jose; daughter Elizabeth (Suzie) Schulz of Three Rivers; and daughter Lori Schulz-Castillo, husband Albert Castillo, and their children, Alberto I. Castillo, Allessandra Castillo, and Alex Castillo, all of Phoenix, Ariz.