Obituary: Milton Schatz


Mr. Milton Carl Schatz, 86, of Eldridge, died Tuesday evening, May 7, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.

He was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Monticello to the late Harm and Emma (Marek) Schatz.  Milt was a graduate of DeWitt High School.  He served in the United States Army for three years during the Korean War. Upon being honorably discharged, Milt went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa. On Aug. 24, 1957, Milt was united in marriage to the former Deloris “Dee” Albers at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Mound. The couple resided in Eldridge most of their married life, where they raised their family. Milt began teaching at North Scott High School when the school was built in 1958, and as Milt said, “I came in right after the bricks and mortar.” He later obtained his master’s in education degree from The University of Iowa.  Milt retired from the North Scott School District with over 30 years of service.   

He was a longtime member of Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge. Milt and Dee belonged to the Eastern Iowa Polka Club, where they spent many years of dancing. He had a variety of hobbies and interests over the years, including bowling, reading, playing bridge and competing in table tennis tournaments. Milt started playing guitar and singing at an early age. In his later years he performed at nursing homes as a one-man band. He was inventive and had a patent on an automatic table tennis machine.  Milt loved the time spent with his family, which was of utmost important to him.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 62 years, Dee; children, Rebecca (Kevin Kettering) Oliver of Moline, David (Jill) Schatz of Wildwood, Mo., and Jeff (Sara Wilcox) Schatz of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren, Will, Drew, Sam and Jacob Schatz; siblings, Margaret Newell and Harlan (Ella Marie) Schatz; nieces  and nephews.

Milt was also preceded in death by siblings, Velma Thorndike, Ruth Redman, Irvin Schatz, LaVern Schatz, Berdena Rutledge and Alice Schatz.

The family received relatives and friends at Faith Lutheran Church, Eldridge, from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, May 13. A Service of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the church. The Rev. Dr. Carrie Lewis LaPlante officiated, with military rites and burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Mound.

Pallbearers were Randy Denner, Delmar Ryan, Quentin Coffman, Bernie Peeters, Dennis “Denny” Hennigan and Alan Mohr.

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Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt.


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