Museum and Village, 85 S. Highway 281, Great Bend, Kansas



Ray S. (Jiggs) Schulz, was born April 4, 1913, near Seward, Stafford County, Kansas, a son of Herman and Elizabeth (Walters) Schulz. He died July 25, 2007, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center in Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas, at the age of 94 years, 3 months and 21 days.

He attended Country School through the first five grades and, after his family moved to Great Bend in 1923, he attended and finished all elementary grades and graduated from Great Bend High School in 1931. He attended Maryland University at College Park, Maryland, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University in 1941 and his law degree two years later in 1943. He served three years from 1935 to 1938 as a traffic officer of the Metropolitan Police Force in Washington, D.C.

He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on December 15,1942, and received a 1st Class Petty Officer’s rating. He was assigned to duty at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., to assemble all the enlisted personnel records of the Washington area by International Business Machine accounting methods. On July 6, 1943 he was promoted and commissioned Ensign because of his accomplishments. He served in the Pacific Area, making five voyages to the Phoenix Gilbert, Marshall and Hawaiian Islands. He was given a medical discharge April 21, 1945, as a Lieutenant Junior Grade.

A lifetime area resident, he was the first Assistant County Attorney in Barton County, serving six years. He practiced law in Great Bend for 53 years. He was the founder of the Barton County Historical Society and president for 15 years. He maintained an interest in local history most of his life.

He married Genevieve Fryberger on June 10, 1937, in Great Bend. She died July 4, 1977. He married Helen (Schwartz) Suellentrop on June 20, 1981. She died Sept. 15, 2003.

Mr. Schulz was the past president of the Barton County Bar Association of Great Bend, the Noon Lions Club, and the Barton County Republican Central Committee. He served on the Great Bend and the Central Kansas Library System boards, having chaired both boards several terms. He served and was president of the Great Bend Tree Board. He served as commander of the American Legion, Argonne Post 180, and of the Seventh District and was a past State Commander of the Department of Kansas, all of the American Legion. He was past president of the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas. He held life memberships in the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Barton County and State of Kansas Historical Societies and the Kansas Ornithological Society, Elks and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Great Bend. He was a member of all Masonic bodies. He was chapter chairman of the Barton County Red Cross, and brought the bloodmobile program to the county.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Dyas of Santa Cruz, Calif. and Kim Schulz of Linwood; two grandchildren, Ian Mater and Madison Mater; a stepgrandson, John Dyas; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Ella, Amelia, Emma and Elizabeth; and six brothers, George, Robert, Fred, Herman, Delbert and Howard.

Committal will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, at the Great Bend Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Great Bend with the Rev. William F. Johnson officiating. Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kimple Funeral Home, Ellinwood. Memorials are suggested to the Great Bend City Tree Board.

HOURS & ADMISSION:Summer Hours (April-October)

Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Winter Hours (November-March)

Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Admission $4 for non-members 16 & older

Barton County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1091
85 S. Hwy. 281
Great Bend, KS 67530-1091
(620) 793-5125