Harvard Paul Schulz

Harvard Paul Schulz, age 79, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at his home in Yankton.

Funeral services will be 10:00 AM on Monday, October 11, 2021, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton with Reverend Steve Weispfennig officiating.  Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery in Yankton.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Harvard Paul Schulz was born January 23, 1942, in rural Parkston, South Dakota, to Paul and Clarice (Struck) Schulz.  He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Dimock, South Dakota and was confirmed on May 1, 1955.  He attended school at Lincoln #7 until 8th grade, then Parkston high School, graduating in May of 1959.  He received his Master’s in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City.  He married Karen Erdman on December 28, 1963, in Mitchell, South Dakota.  After their marriage, they lived in Rapid City while Harvard finished his schooling. They then moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where Harvard began his career as an engineer for Spitznagel Partners.  He moved on to other ventures that, eventually, led to a job at Welfl Construction in Yankton, which he eventually owned with Charlie Bender.  He continued with Welfl Construction until his retirement in 2015.  He had the honor of working on many structures throughout South Dakota.

Harvard’s greatest joys were his family and friends.  Everyone who knew him was always welcome to stop in and visit, no appointment necessary, and he would gladly join you with a cigar.  He was never without a project, whether it was a restoration, a new project, or a garden plot.  He was always working on something.

He was an active church and community member.  He served as chairman of the South Dakota Eastern Branch of the American Society of Engineers.  He was a former president of the South Dakota Association of General Contractors. He thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Old Iron Association, getting to drive his classic tractors.

Throughout the years, Harvard held various positions in his church, including President, Elder, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher. He was a board member for The Heritage Foundation. Harvard also spent time in Russia and Sudan pursuing mission activities.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 57 years, Karen Schulz of Yankton, South Dakota; three children: Kevin (Lisa) Schulz of Yankton; Yvette (Rich) Lafrentz of Pierre, South Dakota; and Traese (Mitch) Kuhl of Sartell, Minnesota; ten grandchildren: Isaac, Luke and Simon Schulz; Brittany, Jordan (Patty), Gunnar (Brittany), and Payton Lafrentz; and Lillian, Tabitha, and Magdalene Kuhl; six great grandchildren: Ferdinand, Penny, Beatrix, Evelyn, Weston, and Willow Lafrentz; sister, Mil (Rev. Ken) Behnken; and four brothers: Rev. Wallace (Kathy) Schulz, Rev. Maynard (Connie) Schulz; Rev. Stewart (Melinda) Schulz and Bryan (Jo) Schulz; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Rachel Schulz.



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11 response to "Harvard Paul Schulz"

  1. By: Terry and Lynette Kelley Posted: October 8, 2021

    Karen, we are sorry to hear about Harv. I always enjoyed working with him and he was a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Terry and Lynette

  2. By: John and Julie Clifton Posted: October 8, 2021

    Karen and family…we were so very sorry to hear about Harv. He sure fought long and hard. Our prayers are with all of you. Hoping God holds your family in the palm of his hand right now. Sending healing hugs and lots of love!!

  3. By: Jerry and Rosemary Poeschl Posted: October 8, 2021

    We are so sorry to hear about Harvard’s passing. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. It’s hard to lose a beloved husband, father and grandpa but God has him now and he is getting grandpa time with Rachel and nice visits with his parents.
    Our sympathies to you all.
    Jerry and Rosemary Poeschl

  4. By: Glenda Stene Posted: October 8, 2021

    Karen, Kevin, Yvette, Traese and family, I was so saddened to hear of Harvs failing health and death. It makes me so sad to not be able to attend the funeral or visitation as I am traveling with my family. I have such fond memories of you all. May you be blessed with comfort and peace. 🙏💕

  5. By: Arden and Linda Waag Posted: October 10, 2021

    Karen and Family We extend our sympanies to you . Harv was a good friend thru the years. A good memory was having coffee after trearment prior to the pandemic We will miss Harv too. The Lord be with you to bless you with His comfort and love. Arden and Linda

  6. By: Jacalyn Hovden Posted: October 10, 2021

    Karen and family,
    I was sorry to hear about the passing of Harvard. He was a great man with a lot of convictions and strength. He always had a kind word to say and was very well-liked by all. I always enjoyed visiting with him and catching up with family news. My prayers go out to you and the famiy. God Bless You All, Jackie Hovden

  7. By: Don and Judy Gohl Posted: October 10, 2021

    Karen and family: We were sorry to learn that you have lost your Harv. Please know that we are thinking of you and pray that God will hold you all close as you mourn your loss and also as you celebrate Harv’s homegoing. Love Don & Judy

  8. By: Duane and Margie Neugebauer Posted: October 10, 2021

    Wallace, Maynard, Stewart and Bryan; Our sympathies to the Schulz family in the loss of your brother. May God give you comfort in the form of good memories and friends.

  9. By: Jean and Gerhardt Buenning Posted: October 10, 2021

    Our Hearts were saddened to learn of Harvard passing. May God’s healing love and peace surround you during this difficult time. Blessings and hugs

  10. By: Elton Wek Posted: October 11, 2021

    Our deepest sympathies for the family of Harvard . Harv was our neighbor with his place on East highway 50 . Harv and I spent many hours visiting about everything and most times we would not even realize how the time would pass so much knowledge and he loved to share with me , we could could go on and on and he was always trying to help with everything in anyway . We will miss our visits and wish his family well and please keep me in mind if you need anything for any reason .

  11. By: Mary Lou & John Giddings Posted: October 11, 2021

    Karen and family, we were so saddened to learn of Harv’s illness and passing. I have so many memories of growing up with all the Schulz family! Our love and condolences to all of you. May our loving God wrap His arms around you and give you strength and peace in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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