Laura Emily Butterfield Schultz, 88, Bismarck, North Dakota, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016, at Sanford Health in Bismarck.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 30, 2016 at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, ND with Deacon Doyle Schulz Officiating. Inurnment will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery. No visitation will be held as cremation has taken place.
Laura was born February 13, 1928 at Verendrye, North Dakota to George Butterfield and Charlotte (Jones) Butterfield. She spent most of her childhood living in Blaisdell, North Dakota, but graduated from high school in Bemidji, Minnesota. She met the love of her life, James "Jim" Norman Schultz, in 1949 while living in Minot, North Dakota. In 1950, Jim joined the North Dakota National Guard and was stationed at Fort Rucker, Alabama, but came home on furlough in the spring of 1951 and married Laura on June 7th that year. Jim returned to duty in Alabama and Laura joined him two weeks later. They lived in Alabama for a month before Jim was deployed to Korea. Laura returned to North Dakota to anxiously await Jim's return and she was overjoyed when he came home safely to her side on September 2, 1952. In 1954, Jim re-enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard and Laura spent the next 38 years as a military wife.
Jim and Laura made a great team, as his work required considerable travel and she "held down the fort" at home. Jim and Laura had two children, Gail and Gary, and Laura created a home filled with delicious meals, heavenly baked goods, laughter and love. She also worked outside the home for a variety of employers including the Great Northern Railroad, the Minot Police Department, Watne Realty and the Minot Public School District. In 1977, Jim was transferred to Bismarck and Jim and Laura lived in Mandan until his retirement in 1988 and then they relocated to Bismarck in 1995. Jim and Laura then spent many winters in Gulf Shores, Alabama where they made many new friends and enjoyed the beach and golf courses, along with frequent trips to Colorado, where both Gail and Gary and their families reside. Laura was an avid reader, a skilled pianist, a golfer and she enjoyed many different hobbies. Laura had a marvelous sense of humor and was very social, treasuring her relationships with friends and family. Jim and Laura were members of the American Legion, the Elks and the Eagles.
Laura is survived by her daughter, Gail (Allan) Schultz Hansen, Grand Junction, Colorado; her son, Gary Schultz, Rifle, Colorado; two grandchildren, Tyler Hansen and Candice Schultz, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Laura was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert, Donald and Russell and her sisters, Mazie and Valeria.