Jerome Harry "Gyp" Schulte, age 99 of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5283 and the Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 6:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Thursday at the church.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Mark and Deb Addison, George Harrison and Austin Croshere.
Active Pallbearers will be Nicholas Puls, Timothy Puls, William Puls, Sara Puls Earley, Katherine Puls Gallagher, Damon Croshere and Jean Hochstein.
Jerome was born on December 8, 1916 to Bruno and Theresa (Stuckenhoff) Schulte. He was the first baby born in the new Hartington hospital. His mother died when he was an infant and his father when Jerome was 5 years old. Jerome was raised by Joe and Clara Arens on a farm northwest of Hartington. He attended country school and was active in 4H. He played baseball for the Fordyce team. Jerome worked on the family farm until age 25. He was drafted into the U. S. Army one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served with the 126th infantry Red Arrow Division in New Guinea and the Philippines. He received a purple heart and was discharged in 1944. Jerome married Alice M. Coughlin on September 3, 1945 in Laurel, Nebraska. Their first home was Morningside Farm east of Hartington. They moved to Casper, Wyoming where he worked on his uncle's ranch. They returned to Hartington where they bought a farm. Jerome farmed and raised livestock. He milked cows, raised cattle, hogs, sheep and actively bought and sold wool. He also sold DeKalb seed corn, Tox-O-Wik and M & M Feed. Jerome and Alice enjoyed many years of dancing, playing cards and traveling, particularly to Europe and Australia. They made frequent visits to their daughters who live in California and New Hampshire as well as other relatives throughout the country. He moved to Majestic Bluffs Assisted Living in Yankton in 2013 and he has been a resident of Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton since March of 2015.
Jerome was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Hartington VFW Post 5283 of which he was a founding member, Cedar County Historical Society, Hartington Senior Center and FFA.
Jerome is survived by 3 daughters, Patricia Croshere of Studio City, CA; Mary Jean and William Puls of Keene NH; Maureen and George Harrison of Huntington Beach, CA; 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Alice on August 26, 2015 at the age of 95, 1 granddaughter, Elle Croshere, 2 sisters, Beatrice Wachter and Margaret Woods, Joe and Clara Arens who raised him and their children, Caroline Schrempp, Elizabeth Hochstein, Evelyn Hochstein and Art Arens.
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