Claude Arthur Schulte
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Claude A. Schulte, age 84 of Fordyce, Nebraska died on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce, Nebraska with the Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5282 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Tuesday at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a vigil service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Wednesday at the church. Memorials are preferred to St. John the Baptist Church, the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home and the Hartington VFW Post 5283. To send online condolences, or to view the video tribute, please visit

Pallbearers will be David Carstensen, Michael Schulte, Donovan Schulte, Gary Schulte, Dale Schulte and Daniel Smith.

Claude was born on October 30, 1932 at Fordyce to Arthur Herbert and Martha Leona (Lammers) Schulte. He grew up on a farm in the Fordyce area and attended St. John the Baptist Elementary School, District 35 High School for 2 years, Crofton Public High School for one year and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1950. He then farmed with his family until serving in the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army from February 2, 1953 to December 2, 1954. After his discharge he returned to farming the family farm until 1995 when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. In 2002 Claude moved to the Veterans Home, first in Omaha and then in Bellevue.

Claude was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce, the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Hartington VFW Post 5283. He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family.

Claude is survived by 2 sisters, Yvonne Carstensen of Omaha; Marie and Donald Kramer of Omaha and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Charles Schulte and a brother-in-law, Robert Carstensen.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Claude's family. He was a very nice man. I visited him weekly at the Veterans Home. I salute his service in the Korean War and may he rest in peace.

Rick Jefferson

I used to work at the ENVH and Claude made me smile and I have very fond memories of him. I will miss him.

James Callaway

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy on the loss of Claude. He was a great man. I was the pastor in Fordyce, and got to know Claude quite well. My prayers and support are with all of you.

Rev. Michael D. Schmitz

Claude would stop in every morning at my uncles feed store in Fordyce back in the early 90's. I was only 21 years old then but I enjoyed his company and his farming stories.

Keith Loecker

Our thoughts and prayers to the family of Claude. I was Claude's neighbor for a short time in Fordyce. Whenever I or my little boy Tyler was outside in the garden, Claude would come to the window and talk to us while we were outside. My son always looked forward to going outside and talking to Claude from the window. I'm sure he told Claude a few stories or two. Thank you for your service Claude. May you rest in peace.

Janet Odens

I worked with Mr. Schulte, as I referred to him, & he called me Mrs. Jones, as he referred to me. And that was with a grin & smile. We worked together either walking down the halls of TFVH & ENVH, And when Claude would come into the 'Gym' where I also worked on wheelchairs, he could tell me I was turning the wrench the wrong way. And Claude would always have an answer for me about my car sounds. I am so very glad I was able to spend 18 yrs sharing stories & learning so much from him. I will forever cherish my moments with him. Thank you Mr. Schulte for your service & knowing you were there to keep me on my toes. You will forever be in my heart & fondest memories. With much respect & honor to you, Mr. Schulte~~~ God Bless you & respect to your family.

Gwen Jones

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