Dustin Michael Schultz



Dustin Michael Schultz, 32, of Lynchburg, SC, and formally Hayward, WI, passed away suddenly at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, SC on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 following a brief, but courageous, battle with a rare blood infection.
Dustin was born on August 25, 1984 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to Michael Schultz and Teresa Black. How do you begin to describe a person so loved and a life well lived and so full of promise?
Dustin moved with his family to Hayward, WI at the age of 5. Through his early life, Dustin was fascinated by how complex mechanical tools and machines worked, and spent much of his time tinkering with everything from electronic devises to automobiles. Upon graduation from Hayward High School in 2003, with the distinction of being in the top 10% of his graduating class, Dustin attended Michigan Technological University. It was no surprise that Dustin chose to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated with a BS in 2008, while being active in the Baja Racing club and having held summer internships at both Ford and Honda.
Upon graduation, Dustin chose to move to Marysville, OH to begin his career with Honda. It was while in Marysville that Dustin met Kim Edwards. Kim and Dustin married in 2013 and shortly thereafter, relocated to the Honda Research and Development center in Timmonsville, SC. Dustin and Kim bought a house outside of Lynchburg, SC and spend a lot of time renovating the house into a beautiful home.
Dustin was best known for his happy-go-lucky spirit, his passion for hunting and rifle shooting, but especially his thoughtfulness towards others and the love of his wife and family. Dustin would call relatives on a regular basis to say hello and see how they were doing, and made a point to travel across the country to attend family functions, even for very brief stays.
Dustin also reveled in all things mechanical. At the time of his death, Dustin was studying for the Professional Engineer exam, a task he took on head first. He was also an avid rifle reloader and marksman, and took care to meticulously develop loads specific for whatever purpose was of interest to him, including the development of loads for others. He built a custom rifle range at their home and invited numerous guests to partake in shooting sports. Dustin continued his love for Baja racing by volunteering as an inspector at various events.
Dustin is survived by his wife, Kim Schultz of Lynchburg, SC; a step- daughter Kayla Orahood of Marysville, OH; his beloved dog, Hailey; his parents Michael Schultz and Teresa Black of Hayward, WI; his brother, Luke Schultz of Pinedale, WY; Grandmother Jean Schultz, Uncles: Ronald (Kayrene) Schultz, Bradley Schultz, Randy (Beth) Schultz, Aunts: Linda Hess, Lisa (Matt) Erler, Cindy (Brian) Storberg, Vicki (Steve) Wagner, Kris (Michael) Miller, Betsy Fisher, Janalee (Gregg) Perry, numerous cousins, their spouses and children, and cherished friends.
He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Wallace Schultz, Roy Black and Janice Black, and his Uncle Jon Fisher.
Memorials may be directed to the Hayward Education Foundation (15930 W. 5th St.
Hayward, WI 54843), the South Carolina Solar Council (P.O. Box 402; Columbia, SC 29201; http://www.scsolarcouncil.org) or the National Wild Turkey Federation’s JAKES program (PO 530 Edgefield, SC 29824-0530; https://your.nwtf.org/donate/) to support Dustin’s memory.
In light of Dustin’s rather abrupt death, the family would also like to encourage living life to the fullest, helping out others, taking a kid hunting/fishing, and telling loved ones how much they mean to you at any opportunity granted.

A memorial service was held at 10:30 A.M., Friday, April 21, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hayward, WI with Father Gerald I. Willger officiating.

A memorial service will be held in Florence, SC at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in the Chapel of Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home.