Nov. 5, 1934 — April 23, 2018
BANCROFT — A funeral Mass for Ed Schiltz, 83, of Bancroft, will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m., at St. John's Catholic Church in Bancroft with his grandson, the Rev. Jeffrey Dole officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery with military honors conducted. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday at the Church with a Rosary beginning at 4 p.m.
Edward Anthony Schiltz, born Nov. 5, 1934, in Bancroft, son of Arnold and Ella (Vaske) Schiltz. He graduated from St. John High School 1952, and served his country in the United States Army for two years in Germany. Ed married Rose Marie Kunkel May 13, 1957, at St. Benedict Catholic Church.
Ed was an auto mechanic all his life and opened his own business Ed’s Champlain Service in 1968, which turned into a family business working with his sons Dale and Jerome. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, and Bancroft American Legion. He also served as Chief of the Bancroft Fire Department and ambulance service for many years.
Ed was a family man enjoying many activities with family and friends including dancing, traveling, cards, and golfing. He also had a passion for fishing and hunting, going on many trips with his sons. In earlier years it was a Sunday tradition for the family to spend the day at the lake. Ed was known to be a story and joke teller and always having to have the last laugh.
Edward A. Schiltz died Monday, April 23, 2018, at Kossuth Regional Health Center at the age of 83.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 61 years, Rose of Bancroft; 14 children, Dale (Joyce) Schiltz of Bancroft, Karla (Dick) Bartman of Toluca, Ill., Patty (Alan) Dole of Pella, Mike (Brenda) Schiltz of Algona, Carol (Bill) Kockler of St. Jacob, Ill., Vince (Margaret) Schiltz of Glenwood, Gordy (Kathy) Schiltz of Eagan, Minn., Angie (Doug) Kasch of Algona, Mary Kay (Steve) Berte of Lakota, Glen (Susan) Schiltz of Gretna, Neb., Jeanette Kadow of Hastings, Neb., Rodney (Michelle) Schiltz of Fort Dodge, Jerome Schiltz of Algona, and Amy (Jesse) Zimmer of Princeton, Minn.; 30 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Lois Ferguson of Mesa, Ariz.; four brothers, Fran (Darlene) Schiltz of Bancroft, Don (Mary) Schiltz of Estherville, Tony (Judy) Schiltz of Algona, and Dick (JoAnn) Schiltz of Overland Park, Kansas; a sister-in-law, Diane Schiltz; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ella and Arnold Schiltz; a sister, Sister Eileen of the Good Shepard; a brother, David Schiltz; and a brother-in-law, Delbert Ferguson.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left to www.oakrestfuneralservices.com.