Former Rockledge Mayor Larry Schultz died Thursday after a three-year battle with Parkinson's disease, according to family and friends. He was 74.
His wife of 17 years, Wanda, posted on Facebook on Thursday evening that the beloved Rockledge public figure had passed.
"Today at 2:40 p.m., my world stopped. The man I loved is gone, I am in shock and disbelief, but it is true. He parted this world with his family by his side knowing he was loved," Wanda wrote.
Larry Schultz, who served on the Rockledge City Council for 34 years, passed away Thursday after a battle with Parkinson's.
Although Scultz had suffered from Parkinson's and back issues, Wanda Schultz wrote that his death was unexpected. She said that he died of an unrelated medical issue.
Schultz was no stranger to public service. An aerospace engineer by trade, he served on the Rockledge City Council, both as a councilman and as mayor, for 34 years spanning five decades.
He was elected to the Rockledge City Council in 1977, serving continuously until 1999, when he was elected mayor. He retired as mayor in 2011.
During that time, Schultz worked for NASA and was responsible for the design, development and operation of facilities, systems and equipment used to launch the Apollo, Skylab and space shuttle missions.
In 2012, just after his retirement, the city dedicated the Larry L. Schultz Park to him. The park, featuring a winding walking path and playground near the Levitt Park subdivision on Fiske Boulevard, is a popular spot for neighborhood families and a fitting tribute to its namesake.
"Right now I can't even talk," Wanda Schultz said. "The man was the most humble public servant that I ever met. He did not have an ego."
"He was a lot of things to a lot of people," she said. "You would find it very very hard to find anybody who would say anything derogatory about the man."
Apart from Wanda, Schultz is survived by his two sons, Tom and Jay; daughters-in-law, Heather and Heither; stepdaughters, Kris Kelly and Becky McAleenan; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and five granddogs.
Services will be Tuesday, May 1, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1330 S. Fiske Blvd, Rockledge, FL 32955, with a gathering celebration to follow at Larry L. Schultz Park, 2560 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge.
In lieu of flowers and knowing what Larry would have wanted, we ask that if you are inclined to donate, that you consider the ROC Foundation. He was passionate about parks and his final project is updating one more park in Rockledge. Donations can be mailed to 1820 Laurel Oak Drive S., Rockledge FL 32955.