R.J. Black Schultz

r.j. schultz

June 10, 1932 ~ May 3, 2016

Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Dr. R.J. Black Schultz (Ret. Col. USAF), 83, passed away May 3, 2016. Survived by sons, R.J. Schultz DDS (Janice Schultz PsyD), Bruce Schultz (Yvonne Marquez) and Karl (Stephanie) Schultz; grandsons, Bowen Schultz, Connor Schultz and August Schultz; stepson, James Pena; special friend, Edna Simmons; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Schultz; nephew, John (Debbie) Schultz; nieces, Elizabeth (Steve) Humphreys and Margaret (George) Beggs-Irwin. Preceded in death by his parents; brother John Schultz; first wife, Barbara Schultz; second wife, Nora Schultz; and daughter, Cynthia Schultz. R.J. was born to Henry and Nyla Schultz on June 10, 1932, in Nowata, Okla. He was an orthopedic surgeon in Pueblo 1971-1997 and was a retired Colonel with the USAF 1958-1995. R.J. enjoyed fishing, hunting, rockhounding, logging trees and his cabin. He was a member of the Air Force Association, Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society, American Legion Post 2, Eagles, VFW, various other veterans' groups, Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, PEDCO, Investors Club, involved with scouting and a member of Central Christian Church for 45 years. Viewing, Monday, 4 to 6 p.m. in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral service, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Central Christian Church, 1902 N. Hudson. Interment, Roselawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com ******

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  1. I knew him as Dr. Black and I was just 13 in the early 70s and had a debilitating bone disease of my right hip and could not walk for about 4 years. My dad was in the Air Force serving in Norway. I was flown from Norway to Wiesbaden Germany where the operation was to take place. The doctor spoke to me just before putting me under. He said to me that I would have a 50% chance of full recovery and use of my leg. He said that he was going to do his part (50%) but the rest would be up to me. I woke up in a body cast and with his words I was inspired to do my part and not waste the opportunity. I fully recovered and went on to walk, run, skate, play hockey, downhill ski, play soccer, tennis, deep water scuba diving, and served in the United States Navy for 20 years retiring as a Master Chief from the Nuclear Power Program. I have a 12 inch scar on my right hip that still tingles today. He did do his part and I did my part to fully recover and make the most of the opportunity that he gave to me. I had tried to find him in the past but just had no luck. I woke up this morning and thought that I would try and find him again. I guess because of the recent articles published on the internet I connected and learned of his recent passing. I would have liked to have personally thanked him and explain that I did not waste that opportunity. However now, I can thank his family and say that I am truly sorry for your loss and so very fortunate to have had been in his care. I owe my life to him and his skill as an orthopedic surgeon.

  2. Dr R.J. Black Schultz that’s how I will always remember him, he saved my
    ankle back in 1983 spending over a dozen hours putting my shattered
    ankle back together. After the surgery and upon my release from the
    hospital, he told me that out of respect for his hard work and to allow
    the best healing, I was to not put weight on that ankle in no way for
    the first 6 weeks. I ‘ll tell you, I fell on my face a few times but by
    the time 6 weeks came he was so proud of me that I had let his
    handiwork heal nicely. To this day, I can run and jump and dance on
    that ankle better than the one that I didn’t shatter. Thank you Dr. RJ, your
    life has been a gift to soo many of us. . .

  3. Rocky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts will truly miss RJ as an active member in our community and as a mentor. Our condolences to the family.

  4. I remember Col Schultz very well. He was always there to serve everyone in any way possible. Truly loved his Country and his fellow man; he will be missed.

  5. Sorry to hear of your loss, he was a hero to many and a dear friend to my brother Richard Follmar, my husband Tim Esparza, and me Jacqueline.

  6. We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord be with you during this hard time

  7. Karl, RJ, Bruce- My sincerest condolences to you and your families on the passing of your father. God Bless..

  8. My condolences go out to the family.. Dr. Schultz was my father’s and mothers doctor, he is a great person d doctor he will be greatly missed by all.

  9. RJ – my thoughts and prayers are with your family. I remember both your parents always being very kind to me. I constantly still think of Cynthia and miss her to this day. Take good care.

  10. The Schultz Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about your father. He was so well respected in the community and loved by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Very sincerely,
    Dr. Gordon and Helen Murley, Pueblo, CO

  11. R.J. My condolences to you, your family, friends and loved ones, for the loss of your Father. My thoughts are with you for your loss. Dan Cisneros

  12. Please accept my sincere condolences. Dr. R. J. Black Schultz was a great doctor and always had time for his patients. I saw him in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s and was very impressed by his kindness and skill.

  13. I wanted to send my condolences to the entire Schultz family, and especially to, RJ Schultz, DDS and his wife, Janice. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss.

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