Dr. Terry Rue Schultz, 64, of 48 Grandview Ave. Lakewood, NY, passed away peacefully at 5:10 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, in his home. He put up a courageous fight, but the cancer won.
A Falconer boy, he was born April 18, 1950, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of Rue and Shirley Covedill Schultz.
Terry was a 1968 graduate of Falconer High School and was a graduate of Jamestown Community College, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a 1974 graduate of The Ohio State University, where he concurrently earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees.
He began his professional optometry practice in 1974 in the Hotel Jamestown Building and saw his dream realized with the construction of the current Spectrum Eyecare, along with his partners and friends, Dr. Gregory Jones and Dr. Henry Mole.
Terry is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Brenda Benson whom he married Oct. 10, 1980; his two sons, Dr. James A. Schultz and Thomas L. Schultz, both of Lakewood; his father, Rue Schultz of Falconer; two brothers, L. Scott (Patty) Schultz of Havertown, Pa., and Rob (Dianne) Schultz of Cheek-towaga, N.Y.; his four nephews, Dan and Mike Schultz of Havertown, and Leo and Kollin Schultz of Cheektowaga. He will also be missed by his best friend, Kim Peterson.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Covedill Schultz, who died April 22, 2009.
A life well-loved is a life well-lived, and Terry loved life. He loved being an optometrist and enjoyed his relationships with his patients. It was a great joy that his son "Jimmy" followed in his footsteps and is now at Spectrum Eyecare. Terry loved traveling, especially enjoying the southwest and the national parks. He often traveled with his two best friends from Ohio State College of Optometry, Dr. Lonny Harrison and Dr. James Sheedy. Terry loved to read, especially about his-tory and the Civil War. He amazed everyone with his head full of knowledge and facts. He enjoyed golfing, usually choosing to walk the course and enjoy nature. Terry was proud to be a Buckeye and shared this pride with both of his sons who were also graduates of The Ohio State University.
Most of all Terry loved his family and was an amazing husband, dad, son and brother. His caring and compassionate spirit, sense of humor, and zest for life will be missed by his family, friends and patients.
A memorial service for Terry will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald E. Ray, pastoral assistant of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Visitation will not be observed.
Following the service there will be a time to celebrate his life at the YWCA Lake Lodge, Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, NY, and all are invited to attend this celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Terry R. Schultz Scholarship Fund, 418 Spring St. Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Terry at www.lindfuneralhome.com.