April 28, 1942 - July 23, 2020
July 26, 2020 | 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Yurs Funeral Home
1771 W. State Street
Geneva, Illinois 60174
- July 27, 2020 | By Invitation
Geneva Lutheran Church
River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia
Burton Schultze, 78, died Thursday July 23, surrounded by his loving family. Burt was greatly loved by his wife, Pat, his children and grandchildren, and a wide circle of friends.
The son of Fred and Amy Schultze, Burt was born on April 28, 1942 in Albert City, Iowa, a small town in Northwest Iowa. In 1962 he moved to the Chicago area to begin an almost 40-year career as a flight dispatcher for United Airlines.
He served his country proudly as a member of the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. He was stationed in Okinawa.
Burt married Patricia Adams on September 17, 1967. They raised their two children, Amy and Dustin, in the western suburbs of Chicago, principally in West Chicago, IL. Burt was a long-time, dedicated member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in West Chicago, where he served as a church council member, usher, counter, member of the Property team, and long-time member of the Men’s Fellowship group. Burt and Pat developed a real “church family” at St. Andrew. And whether at church, or anywhere else, no matter the need, everyone knew they could always count on Burt.
Burt was a gregarious man who made friends with everyone he met. He loved people. In his retirement, he sought out part-time jobs that allowed him to be around people. He worked as an usher for the Chicago Bears and for events at the Sears Centre. But he especially loved working for the Kane County Cougars, selling tickets in the “Kid Zone” play area for 15 years. He delighted in meeting and talking with the kids who came to play in the Kid Zone—quizzing them about the change they were owed and even signing an autograph or two.
Burt never lost his roots as an Iowa farm boy. He loved to return to Albert City for the annual Thresherman’s Festival, to see the tractors and other farm equipment and connect with family and old friends. And as he experienced life, he would often exclaim in wonder, “can you believe that an Iowa farm kid would ever get to do (or see) this?” – including finally celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series win after supporting them for more than 50 years, through thick and thin.
But most of all, Burt loved his family. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughter Amy (Todd) Steenson; son Dustin (Amy) Schultze; grandchildren Lillyan, Jaxson, Elijah and Layla Schultze; brother Eugene (Carolyn) Schultze; and sisters Eloise (Ronald) Swanson and Majel (Terry) Koppes, along with many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Fred Schultze, and his mother, Amy Schultze.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020, at Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third Street, Geneva, IL. Because of in-person gathering restrictions relating to COVID-19, the live service is by invitation only. You can join and participate in the service by live stream at the Geneva Lutheran Church Youtube page. Family and friends will gather for visitation from 1:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2020, at Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva, 1771 West State Street, Geneva, IL.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Burt’s memory can be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Church. West Chicago, IL, and the Albert City Fire Department, Albert City Iowa.