Karl Francis Schulte

Published 8:38 am Monday, July 23, 2018

Mr. Karl Francis Schulte of Kernersville died Sunday, July 15, 2018 at his home.

He was born on June 23, 1946 to Margaret Ann Kerr Schulte and Rowland Windfield Schulte in the District of Columbia. His parents couldn’t decide on a name so for two weeks he was known as “Boy Schulte.” When the birth certificate was called for, his parents decided on the name of Karl Francis. As a child Mr. Schulte moved around the country and Europe as a result of his father’s job working with the Defense Department through Western Electric and Bell Labs. He enjoyed sharing stories about traveling Europe by rail and staying in the many hostels while in high school and loved sharing how he could charm the hosts to provide extra food to support his then athletic form before attending Appalachian State University in the graphic arts department.  Mr. Schulte married Lucy Midkiff in 1970 at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Fork.  Since that marriage, he has remained active at Ascension Church; a church that he loved and that loved him. He was a generous man, loving husband, and devoted son. Mr. Schulte was a Winston-Salem police officer for 30 years and enjoyed his work as a crime scene investigator, and in forensics. He made many friends there, among them Steve Carter, with whom he served.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Survivors: his in-laws, Lorraine and Edwin Wiles of Mt Airy, with whom he maintained a relationship throughout his life, calling them every Sunday evening; cousins  John and Robert Olsen  from Virginia; his Ascension church family, many special friends. including Sidnee Everhart and Velvet Decker. He adored Sidnee who he loved encouraging and cheering on in her endeavors at Salem Academy and The University of the South at Sewanee.  He was appreciative of help he received from Velvet Decker who cared for his wife when she had Alzheimer’s and was a close friend for years.  She looked at the Schulte’s as her adopted parents.

Mr. Schulte was a man for all seasons. He possessed a lot of knowledge about a variety of topics and loved to discuss most anything. He always had an interesting story to tell. Mr. Schulte loved watching the National Geographic channel on TV and learning new things every day.

He was very to the clients at Our Daily Bread Food Pantry at Ascension Church, and doing whatever it took to make the pantry successful. He was proud of the history and development of the pantry.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July  28 at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension at Fork. 183 Fork-Bixby Road Advance, by the Revs. Daniel Wall and Joan Sherrill.  Following the service, inurnment will take place at the church cemetery.  A reception will follow in the Church Parish Hall.

Memorials: The Episcopal Church of the Ascension at Fork Pantry. Note pantry on check,  183 Fork-Bixby Road, Advance.