Lorraine 'Larri' Schulz

Lorraine "Larri" Schulz, 89, of Russell, Kansas, died Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kansas.

Lorraine Lewis Schulz, called Larri by her friends, was born Sep. 22, 1924, in her parents' home outside of Olathe, Kansas. Her parents were Fredrick M. Lewis and Bessie Hazel White Lewis.   She was the  sixth of eight children. She went to school in Olathe and Houston, Texas, and graduated in 1942 from Austin High School in Houston. After graduation, she moved back to Kansas City, Missouri and worked as a bookkeeper for Benson Manufacturing Co. and Baker's Shoe.

She met her future husband, Bobby  Lee Schulz, better known as B.L., while he was attending the University of Kansas City Dental School, now the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Lorraine and B.L. were married in the home of her in-laws, Fanny and Robert Schulz in Greensburg, Kansas on April 8, 1951. After a short honeymoon to New Orleans, they settled in Russell, Kansas, where Bob had established a dental practice. They had four wonderful children Donald Maurice, Diane Lee, Robert Dean and Dana Lewis, who were much loved by their mother.

Larri was very active in civic and volunteer organizations. She was a charter member and past president of local chapter HD, P.E.O. Sisterhood. She served as a deacon and trustee of the United Church of Christ, First Congregational Church.  She taught Sunday school and was president of the First Congregational Ladies Guild. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, as well as an advisor to Rainbow Girls. She  was also a past member of Eastern Star. She was a member of the Gamma Zeta chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

In her spare time, Larri enjoyed the fellowship of friends in her many bridge clubs. She was known throughout the area for her delicious meals and gracious entertaining.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and beloved by all her family and friends.  Her gentle giving nature will be missed by all who knew her. She was never afraid to fight for what she believed in and to protect her family.

She is survived by her beloved husband, B.L. Schulz, of the home; and children, Don of Minneapolis, Mn; Diane of Washington, D.C.; Dean and wife, Sue, of Hays, Ks; and Dana and wife, Barbara, of Hysham, Mt. Her sister, Patricia Lewis Johnson of Inverness, Florida is her only living sister.  She also leaves behind six grandchildren and  seven great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and four sisters.

Celebration of Lorriane's Life will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at First Congregational Church of Russell, with Pastor Ron Wedel officiating. Cremation has preceded the service. A memorial has been established with First Congregational Church.

Contributions and condolences can be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.