Lawrence J. Schulte Jr., a native and former resident of East Hampton, died at home in the Woodlands, Tex., a suburb of Houston, on Oct. 29. He was 84 and died of natural causes, his family said. He wrote his own obituary more than a decade ago.
Mr. Schulte was born in his aunt’s house on Sag Harbor Road to Lawrence J. Schulte Sr. and the former Emma Gertrude Tyrrell on Aug. 24, 1929. A graduate of East Hampton High School, he attended the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences and New York University, where he was elected to the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and received an award for outstanding scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing.
Mr. Schulte served in Army intelligence in Germany during the Korean War, assigned to an office of the assistant chief of staff of G-2. He was commended for “trustworthiness, attention to duty, loyalty to his country and his superior officers, and a high standard of personal ethics” but he wrote that the precise nature of his duties had to remain secret.
On May 7, 1955, he married Mildred Henriksen, a native of Brooklyn. They had met while employed in New York City at Dun and Bradstreet. In 1958, Mr. Schulte joined the Shell Oil Company, transferring to the company’s Houston headquarters in 1970. He remained at Shell until his retirement in 1986, after which the couple relocated to the Woodlands.
Though he left East Hampton long ago, he remained a loyal East Hampton Star subscriber and continued to follow the Bonackers, his favorite team. He also enjoyed college sports and loved working in his yard.
Mr. Schulte is survived by his wife of 58 years and their five children: Jeri Schulte and Jean Williams, both of the Woodlands, Janet Bradley of Spring, Tex., James Schulte of Magnolia, Tex.; and John Schulte of Cypress, Tex. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.
A Christian service was held on Saturday at the Klein Funeral Home in Tomball, Tex. A funeral Mass followed on Monday at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Spring. Burial with military honors will take place at the Klein Memorial Park Cemetery in Tomball.