Norval Herbert

Mr. Norval H. Schultz of Red Deer, AB passed away suddenly at the age of 79 as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday, December 24, 2009. Three family members, also in the vehicle, were hospitalized with injuries. One of the passengers, Edna Wismer, formerly of Mirror, was celebrating her 93rd Birthday that same day. Norval, the only child of Atz (Adolph) and Minnie (Wilhelmene) Schultz, was born June 4, 1930 in a grainery on the Dutch Flats near Bashaw. He was a direct descendant of Rudolph and Augusta Schultz, and August and Amelia Schultz, who immigrated to Canada in 1892. Norval’s early childhood was spent in the Dutch Flats, then he and his parents moved to the Jarvis Bay District. In 1959, Norval married Dianna Barritt of Mirror, AB and and in August 2009 they took a trip to the Maritimes to celebrate 50 years together as husband and wife. Norval quit school early and began his 65 year career working in the oilfield and construction industries. His interesting and varied career took him to Canada’s Arctic, South America, the Arabic Desert, Mexico, Africa, Panama, all of Canada & the U.S., and numerous small island countries. In spite of his world travels, he always thought of Bashaw as home. Norval spent his later years living in Red Deer, where he was known as being honest, responsible, and helpful to all. He was a hard worker and if he couldn’t fix something, it probably couldn’t be fixed. He judged no one by race, religion, appearance, or finances. Norval loved model trains, crib, animals, auction sales, classic cars, poker, lego, playing aggravation, and watching the beavers in Waskasoo Creek. Norval will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Dianna, three children: Mark of Calgary, Noranna Krebs (Wayne) of Sylvan Lake, & Teena Edmundson (Jason Leach) of Paris, ON. He also leaves, four grandchildren: Trevor Edmundson, Dawn-Summer Langerak (Matthew) & Connor & Heidi Krebs, one great-granddaughter, Michaela and two chosen grandchildren, Dustin & Nicole. He is also survived by five Aunts, fourty nieces and nephews, nine brothers and sister-in-laws, & dozens of cousins. He will be missed by his co-workers, friends & neighbours, and by his much loved cat, Ballou. A funeral service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lacombe and his burial took place at the Mirror cemetery on December 29, 2009. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Deer & District SPCA.

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