Clarence William Shulze, 100, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, with too many greats to mention, passed away on September 17, 2023 at Silverton Health and Rehabilitation of Cascadia in Silverton, ID. Clarence was born on January 19, 1923, in Cuba, NM, a son of William and Hazel (Livermore) Shulze.
After high school, Clarence enlisted in the US Army and later went on to marry Ima West on December 23, 1948 in Reno, NV. Clarence and Ima moved to the Silver Valley after having lived in Coeur d’Alene, ID for numerous of years. Ima passed away on October 22, 2014.
Clarence prided himself in being a “roughneck” having spent most of his working days either drilling for oil, gold, or water throughout many locations in the US. He spent much of his career with Aqua Drilling and Exploration in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed both hunting and fishing. Clarence was known to be in his garage for hours tinkering on things to sharpen his mechanical skills. He also was a collector of pocketknives of all shapes and sizes.
In addition to his beloved wife, Ima, and parents, Clarence is preceded in death by a son, Billy Tackett; a brother, Manphard (Red) Shulze; and a sister, Margie Orr.
Survivors include his four children, Virginia Montoya of Oakdale, CA, Danny Shulze of Stonewall, OK, Kathy (Thomas) Agee of Sonora, CA, and Steven Shulze of Renton, WA; sixteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, forty-three great-great grandchildren, and one great great great-grandchild. Clarence is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
At Clarence’s request, no formal services will be held. Memories of Clarence and messages of condolence may be shared with his family online at www.shoshonefuneralservice.com. Shoshone Funeral Services, Kellogg, is assisting the Shulze family with arrangements.