In Loving Memory…

Joe Ray Schultz

Joe Ray Schultz, 57, of Smithton, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 9, 2020, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.

He was born June 22, 1962, in Sedalia, one of three children of Dickie and Margaret (Rogers) Schultz.

On December 31, 1990, in Sedalia, he married Valarie (Stout).

Joe was the building and grounds coordinator for Smithton School. His hobbies included building and racing hot rods and go-karts, and building model railroad trains. He was good at carpentry, could fix anything and had built the family home. He was an excellent machinist and gave his time to fabricate parts for his friends.

Surviving are his wife, Valarie, of the home; his parents, Dickie and Margaret Schultz, of Sedalia; his daughter, Vada Ann Schultz; his grandchildren, Aiden Michael, Valenalynn and Murphy Michael Schultz; his sister, Esther Schultz; and his brother, Jeff Schultz.

He was preceded in death by his son, Ryan Michael Schultz.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Heckart Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the family.


  1. Valerie,
    Our hearts go out to you & prayers of so many surround you & the family at this time.
    Joe was greatly loved & his expertise around the Smithton School was so valuable. He will be sorely missed.
    Joyce Sawford & family

  2. Prayers for Valarie and family, Joe was one the nicest person I knew he will be dearly missed by all

  3. So sorry for your loss. Joe was a great guy and always fun to take to. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Valarie and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful man and I know he will missed by all who knew him. Prayers of peace for you and your family.

  5. Joey Rogers Casey

    My deepest sympathy for Joe’s family! He was loved by many and was a wonderful friend to many. My prayers go out to his family.

  6. Carol Caldwell

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am Aiden’s Aunt Sis. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. Esther,
    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I will be praying for you all.

  8. Joe was an amazing man. He always had kind words to say to me about my son, who worked under him for two summers at the school. He will be missed.

  9. Michele Blankenship

    Prayers for the family! Valarie, Dickie, Margaret and Esther words cannot sorry I am. Joe was always an sweet, nice guy. He will be missed.

  10. Always full of laughter any morning of the week. Great with our kids at school and always willing to help with Science projects. A blessing to have know and work with.

  11. Rene & Becky Dedrick

    Do sorry for your loss! Thoughts, prayers and hugs for you all!!

  12. I am sorry this has happened. We was truly an amazing guy. I loved working for him and he was truly a great boss. I will miss hearing him say “come here, pup and do something!” I have a lot of good memories of him and he was almost like my mentor. I looked up to him. Rest easy, Rooster! You will be missed.

  13. Melissa Slaughter

    Praying for you, Val, during this time. I pray for you and your family to find moments of peace and comfort as you grieve for Joe. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  14. im so sorry for your loss… he was a great guy. loved working with him..

  15. Debbie&Nick Hyde

    Valarie so sorry to hear, your in our thoughts and prayers

  16. Valarie and family, our hearts go out to you all for your loss. Sending prayers for comfort during this time. May God bless you and keep you.

  17. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. From JW and Pat Copas

  18. Esther, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. You and your family are in my prayers. Please, if you need anything, call me. Big hugs and much love

  19. Jeff & Melissa Walsh

    Val, my heart goes out to you and your little ones. Joe was always so quick to lend a hand to any of us and make us laugh with his antics. Jeff has a lot of memories of Rooster from the racing days and sends his condolences as well. We are thinking of you today and in the days to come.

  20. Gary & Liz Gerberding

    So sorry to hear of Joe Ray’s passing.
    We knew you through KC Kustoms back in the day.our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family.

  21. Gonna miss you Joe……….

  22. Valarie so sorry for loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Karen Lackman-Thorsen

    Thoughts and prayers for you and your family!! Joe will be missed very much. I always love seeing the family come into the restaurant and we would raze each other. So sorry for you lose.

  24. Valarie and family,
    My heart is breaking, Joe was such a kind man that always brought a smile to my face. I pray that God will comfort you during this difficult time.

  25. Jack Blackwell

    Sincere sympathy to the entire family from Jack & Betty Blackwell

  26. Mike and Terri McDermott

    Our hearts go out to you and the family. We always enjoyed talking with Joe, he was smart, funny, ornery and kind. We are thinking and praying for you in the coming days. We will miss Joe!

  27. Allen and Dollie Durrill

    Valerie we are so sorry for your loss. Allen enjoyed many times working on hotrods with Joe. He was a fantastic guy and will be truly missed!

  28. Charles and Virginia Van Wormer

    Sorry for your loss , didn’t know Joe but he must have been a great guy , his parents are wonderful ! Prayers for the family ! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  29. Brenda Fockler and Dean Fockler

    Dickie, Margaret and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you now and in the days to come. Brenda and Dean Fockler

  30. Joe was a great guy. He gave me my first job and took me under his wing working in the summer at school. He introduced me to some great music. He taught me a lot about life.Please share my condolences to the family.

    Carter Rumsey

  31. Was shocked to hear of Joe’s passing. My condolences to
    Valarie, Dickie and Margaret and the rest of the family. I know he will be greatly missed.

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