He was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Monticello to the late Harm and Emma Marek Schatz. Milt was a graduate of DeWitt High School. He served in the United States Army for three years during the Korean War. Upon being honorably discharged, Milt went on to obtain his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa. On Aug. 24, 1957, Milt was united in marriage to the former Deloris "Dee" Albers at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Mound. The couple resided in Eldridge most of their married life, where they raised their family. Milt began teaching at North Scott High School when the school was built in 1958 and as Milt said, "I came in right after the bricks and mortar." He later obtained his master's in education degree from the University of Iowa. Milt retired from the North Scott School District, with over 30 years of service.
He was a longtime member of Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge. Milt and Dee belonged to the Eastern Iowa Polka Club, where they spent many years of dancing. He had a variety of hobbies and interests over the years, including bowling, reading, playing bridge, and competing in table tennis tournaments. Milt started playing guitar and singing at an early age. In his later years, he performed at nursing homes as a one-man band. He was inventive and had a patent on an automatic table tennis machine. Milt loved the time spent with his family, which was of utmost important to him.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 62 years, Dee; three children, Rebecca (Kevin Kettering) Oliver of Moline, Illinois, David (Jill) Schatz of Wildwood, Missouri, and Jeff (Sara Wilcox) Schatz of Columbia, South Carolina; four grandchildren, Will, Drew, Sam and Jacob Schatz; two siblings, Margaret Newell and Harlan (Ella Marie) Schatz; and nieces and nephews.
Milt was also preceded in death by six siblings, Velma Thorndike, Ruth Redman, Irvin Schatz, LaVern Schatz, Berdena Rutledge and Alice Schatz.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, May 13. A Service of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14 in the church. The Rev. Dr. Carrie Lewis LaPlante will officiate, with military rites and burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Mound.
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Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt.