Hanford “Hank” Shultis, 81, died suddenly Thursday, April 2, 2009 at his home in Sun City, Ariz.
He was born March 28, 1928, the son of John and Mildred Shultis.
Hank grew up on a farm in Denver, N.Y. He enlisted in the Army reserves in 1945 and served in the Army Signal Corp.
In 1948 he married Eleanor Davidson and the couple raised five children on the dairy farm in Denver. He gave up farming in 1968 and went into the insurance business moving to Cobleskill and later Fonda.
Always active in the community, he was a member of the United Methodist Church, president of the local Eastern Milk Producers, President of the Roxbury PTA and very active in the Masonic Lodge, where he held many prestigious positions including Grand Master of Masons for the State of New York, High Priest of the Margaretville chapter of Royal Arch Masons, member of Cyprus Temple, Albany and played saxophone for the Cyprus Temple brass band as well as the Schoharie County Concert band and numerous other local bands.. He was also a member of the international association of arson investigators and was deputy sheriff of Montgomery County arson investigator.
The couple retired to Arizona.
Surviving is a son, Edward Shultis of Roxbury and four daughters, Susan and Patricia Shultis of Arizona, Linda Shultis-Hoffman of Middleburgh and Amy Sanford of Fonda; six grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, George and a sister, Bernice Knight and companion Elizabeth Jones.
He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, of 51 years, on April 10, 2000.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 5 at 1 p.m. at the Jay Gould Memorial Church in Roxbury.