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Dennis Dale Schultz, 72

Dennis Dale Schultz, age 72, of Boyceville, Wis., passed away on Jan. 5, after a brief but courageous battle with leukemia.

Dennis was born on Dec. 9, 1944, in Menomonie, Wis., the son of Dennis W. and Rachael (Haworth) Schultz, and was the oldest of five children. He grew up in New Richmond and graduated from New Richmond High School in 1963. Immediately following, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for four years as a munitions specialist. During his service, he traveled to England, Libya and Tripoli, among other locations. Upon his return to the United States in 1967, he worked at the U.S. Army ammunition plant in New Brighton, Minn.

Later that year, he married fellow classmate, Nancy Johnson. They stayed in the New Richmond area and purchased a small hobby farm. Dennis worked at Blue Ribbon Feeds in New Richmond for a number of years, moved on to Nor-Lake in Hudson, then Doboy, Inc. in New Richmond. The family later moved to Spencer, Wis., where they owned and operated a hardware store. A few years later, Dennis decided to pursue his dream of being a dairy farmer, selling the store and moving to the Boyceville, Wis. area. He farmed for 17 years, then reentered the workforce, taking a position in the tire center at Fleet Farm in Menomonie. He then moved to Andersen Windows in Menomonie, where he retired several years later.

Dennis was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, target shooting, motorcycling and horsemanship. He loved working in his shop on mechanical and auto body projects, as well as woodworking and leather tooling. He had a wicked sense of humor and an inquisitive mind, and could often be found on the Internet conducting research for his next project or purchase.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, William (Tammy Tyrrell) Schultz; daughters, Wendy (Kevin) Bird and Kristen Curvello; grandchildren Megan, Allison, Carlee, Austin, Hayley, Aubrey, Alexys, Wyatt and Jaxon; canine companion, Sammie; sisters, Connie Schultz, Jody Robl, and Roxy (Bill) Stock; and many other relatives and friends.

Per Dennis wishes, a private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

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