Mount Vernon News
  • John Austin Shultz

  • July 18, 2011

BELLVILLE — Dr. John Austin Shultz, 90, of Bellville, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Knox Community Hospital following a brief illness.

John was born June 4, 1921, in Unionville, Mo., to John William and Gladys (Thompson) Shultz. He grew up in Wyoming and met the love of his life, Rita Anne Hadley in high school. Shortly after school, John served in the Army. While stationed in Louisiana he and Rita married and started their family. John served our country during World War II in both Europe and the Philippines earning the rank of captain.

While residing in Wyoming, John was a County Extension agent, raised six children, and while working went back to college. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees and moved his family to Columbus, Ohio. There he worked for The Ohio State University. He later moved to Urbana, Ill., and worked at the University of Illinois. In the late 1960s, he moved to Morgantown, W.Va., where he worked at the West Virginia University. John retired in 1983.

John was very active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Morgantown and became a permanent deacon.

John and Rita Anne fostered several children during their retirement years. Following Rita Anne’s death in 2007, John relocated to Bellville where he enjoyed living closer to his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, John A. (Colleen) Shultz of Fredericktown, Anne (Frank) Kulina of Clintonville, Mary Kay (Alex) Hernandez of Columbus, Barbara (Tom) Leneskie of Columbus and Mike (Lori) Shultz of Vienna, W.Va.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Anne; and son, Ed Shultz.

The Shultz family will receive friends Tuesday, July 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. John will be placed in St. Mary’s Peace Garden Mausoleum in Morgantown, W.Va., on Wednesday afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Clear Fork-Butler Adult Center or to the Morgantown Alzheimer’s Association may be made at the funeral home.

Private online condolences to the family are welcomed by visiting

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