Richard Allen Schultz was born in Long Beach, California on July 9, 1948. And while Long Beach was his birthplace, Rick always considered Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey Bay, California to be his true homes — some of his fondest childhood and adolescent memories were made there. This love of the California coastline — and the ocean — continued for his entire life.
In 1967, when he was just 19 years old, Rick was drafted into the Vietnam War — where he nobly served our country for two years until he was honorably discharged in 1969. During his time in the service, Rick was awarded three Purple Hearts and an Air Medal — distinguished honors placed upon him by his commanding officer, General Westmoreland.
Following his time in the service, Rick moved to Las Vegas, NV, where he met the woman who would later become his wife. Rick Schultz and Susan Brubaker were married on July 18, 1992. A few years later, Rick and Susan welcomed their only child, Pockets Nicole Schultz, into the world. Rick was a proud father to his daughter and did everything possible to provide for his family.
Working most of his life in the transportation industry, Rick loved telling stories of the celebrities and business tycoons he drove around in limos and party buses. In 2020, Rick was disappointed to retire from the profession due to health concerns amidst the pandemic.
In his free time, Rick loved a good, long road trip (preferably to California, of course), a tropical cruise, decorating the house from floor to ceiling for Christmas, spending time with his daughter, and watching sports — golf and football were his favorites (go, Chargers!). In recent years, Rick was excited to watch Las Vegas become a burgeoning sports city, with the addition of the Las Vegas Raiders and soon, the Oakland A’s.
After putting up a long, good fight against a pervasive illness, Richard Allen Schultz passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, May 6, 2023 in Henderson, NV. He is survived by his wife, Susan Brubaker; his daughter, Pockets Nicole Schultz; his sister, Barbara Cronin; and his nephew, Billy Chisum. He was interred on Friday, June 30 at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada — surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones. The remainder of his ashes will be spread in the bay of his true hometown, Monterey, later in the year.