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Wilbur Thomas Schultz

October 12, 2021 | 2 comments

Wilbur Thomas Schultz, 90, of LaCrosse, WI, passed away on October 6, 2021, from complications associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Wilbur was born on July 25, 1931 in Hamilton KS, to Walter Huntington Schultz and Minnie Mae Schultz, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Bernita Curry, of Madison, KS. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Joan Schultz of LaCrosse; daughter Mary A. Murphy, also of LaCrosse; son Gary L. Schultz and wife Denise D. Schultz, of Ruidoso, NM; grandson Vaughn Coutu, LaCrosse, WI; grandaughter Lindsay Mills and family, Burns, WY; grandson Eric Schultz and family, Columbia, MO; and grandson Brian Murphy and family, Blackstone, MA; and eight great-grandchildren.

Wilbur began his career in heating and air conditioning in 1955 with Bob Crawford Heating and Air in Emporia, KS. He taught heating and air conditioning at Pittsburg State College for 5 years before relocating to Boston, MA where he began his career with the Trane Company. He eventually became a sought after worldwide expert in the technical side of heating and air conditioning working for Trane Company for over 25 years. He was the Technical Service Manager of the International Division of Trane Co. for the far East.  After retirement, his passions included woodworking, photography of flowers and wildlife, music, and his beloved birds. He was self-taught in all of these passions and excelled at everything he did. He had an extraordinary and inquisitive mind. He was a world traveler having visited or worked in over 50 countries worldwide. Wilbur was a Vietnam Veteran and served as an Army Reservist for over 20 years.

An initial celebration of life and memorial will be held at 2:00 pm at the Gathering Place, 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI on Oct 18, 2021. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 pm.   Pastor Kent Cormack will officiate the service. Final celebration of life and memorial will be held at Hamilton Methodist Church in Hamilton, KS on Oct 22, 2021 followed by his ashes being interred at Janesville Cemetery in Hamilton, KS.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to his favorite charity, The World Wildlife Fund, or the First Congregational Church of LaCrosse, WI.





  1. David Fontanini

    Wilbur was a great coworker. I enjoyed working in technical service with him. Rest in peace🙏🙏

  2. Paula Baus

    I was saddened to hear about Wilbur’s passing. We worked together at Trane in the International Division. We had many great conversations. I especially remember our Friday lunches at Houghton’s aka Dead Fish Cafe and the laughs we had. God bless his soul and all of those that loved him.


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