David Shoultz Obituary

David L. Shoultz
David L. Shoultz
David L. Shoultz

September 2, 1942 - March 19, 2015
Born in Iowa
Resided in Johnston, IA
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David L. Shoultz, Johnston, IA, died March 19, 2015 of acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 72. He showed amazing courage guided by the strength of his faith as he fought through his 9 month battle with the disease.

Dave was born at home on Muscatine Island September 2, 1942 to George A. and Johanna Bartenhagen Shoultz. His education began in a one room country school where he remained the only student in his class through the 8th grade. He attended Muscatine High School where he was very active in FFA. His senior year, he changed schools to the newly formed Louisa Muscatine (L&M) High School where he was in their first graduating class.

Working his way through college, Dave graduated from Iowa State University in 1964 with a BS in Agriculture Education. While at Iowa State, he joined Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR) fraternity and enjoyed a close brotherhood throughout his life. Later he would serve on the AGR Alumni Board and was honored as the recipient of the 50th Year Testimonial Award for the Eta Chapter.

In 1964, he was united in marriage to Lynne Robertson of Letts, IA. This past fall they celebrated 50 years of wonderful marriage.

Dave began his career with Geigy Agricultural Chemicals and later he was the Farm Bureau Fieldman for Tama County. Living in Toledo, their first son, Jeffrey David was born in 1968. The same year he became an agronomist at the Toledo Pioneer Hi-Bred plant. The family moved to Durant, IA where he would soon become the Plant Manager of the Pioneer facility. While in Durant, he would oversee the planning and construction of a new Pioneer seed production facility. Their second son, Scott David was born in 1972 while living in Durant.

In 1979 the family moved to Urbandale, IA. Dave became Vice-President of the Central Division of Pioneer located in Johnston. He assumed the responsibility for seed corn production in North America. During this period he would have the opportunity to negotiate and introduce seed corn production in Chile and Argentina as Pioneer entered the foreign seed corn production market. Pioneer would broaden their foreign market and Dave's expertise and leadership was well suited for their expansion into China as well as numerous other countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Dave enjoyed navigating different diverse business cultures and forging strong international friendships.

Dave and Lynne's home was always open to family and friends. During his career they often hosted many close friends and business partners from Latin America and Asia.

Dave was active in the American Seed Trade Association and served as a Regional Vice-President and a President of the Corn and Sorghum Division. He was President of the Iowa Seed Association and in 2004 was named an honorary member.

Dave was an avid fan and season ticket holder of the Iowa State Cyclones and loved hosting tailgates and traveling with good friends to see the Cyclones play. Dave and Lynne are lifetime members of the ISU Alumni Association, members of the National Cyclone Club and served on the ISU Parents Board. He served as an ISU Foundation Governor and was a member of the Order of the Knoll.

Retiring at Age 61, Dave had the opportunity to pursue many interests. His love for the outdoors could be easily admired through the time he spent enjoying working in his yard and gardens. He also enjoyed woodworking, reading, traveling with Lynne and spending quality time with his four grandchildren.

Dave was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and later, Meredith Drive Reformed Church where he served as an elder.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, George and Johanna Shoultz, brother Ray, sister, Marjorie Dipple and sister-in-law, Jean Robertson.

Dave would say his greatest pleasure and source of pride was his family. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Lynne and his sons: Jeff (Kristi) Shoultz of Johnston, IA and Scott (Heather) Shoultz of Seattle, WA, his grandchildren: Jillian Lynne, Sawyer David, Lauren Marcia and Eden Alexandra. Dave is also survived by his brothers: Don (Dianne) Shoultz of Waterloo, IA and Wayne (Judy) Shoultz of Muscatine, IA, his sisters: Jean (Maurice) Ziegenhorn and Deanne (Ron) Miller both of Muscatine, his two additional brothers-in-law: Tom Robertson and Jon (Luisa) Robertson, and many nephews and nieces.

In recent correspondence to friends, Dave said "I was so fortunate. Growing up on an eighty acre sand farm, I never imagined I would have such an incredible and wonderful life. I was blessed."

A visitation will be held Sunday, March 22nd at Dunn's Funeral Home, 2121 Grand Ave. in Des Moines from 3 to 6 PM. A celebration of life service will be held Monday, March 23rd at 11 AM at Meredith Drive Reformed Church, 5128 Meredith Drive, Des Moines, IA 50310. Graveside rites will be held Tuesday at 1:30 PM at the Columbus City Cemetery, Columbus City, IA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Iowa State University Foundation for Student Scholarships, 2505 University Blvd. Ames, IA 50010-2230 or to Meredith Drive Reformed Church.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Sunday, March 22, 2015
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Meredith Drive Reformed Church
5128 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Monday, March 23, 2015
11:00 AM
Columbus City Cemetery
Columbus City, IA USA
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
1:30 PM


Meredith Drive Reformed Church
5128 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA