Mark Shultz, 59


Nov. 1, 1958 —
July 21, 2018
Charles City - Mark Alan Shultz, age 59, of Charles City, Iowa passed away at home on July 21, 2018, after battling glioblastoma brain cancer for seven months. He is survived by his two loving and caring sons Nathan Donald (17) and Dylan Francis (15) Shultz.
 A memorial service will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at 10 a.m. Visitation with the family will be on Friday evening, Aug. 3, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. at Hauser Funeral Home in Charles City and on Saturday one hour before the memorial services at church.
Mark was born Nov. 1, 1958 and grew up on a dairy farm in rural Charles City. He loved to help his dad with the daily chores, including milking the dairy cows twice a day. When Mark was five years old, he was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor that was successfully treated with radiation. He was the longest-living survivor of cancer in Floyd County and participated in the local Relay for Life.
Mark graduated from Charles City High School in 1977 and continued his studies at NIACC and the University of Wisconsin-Platte- ville, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Ag Business.
On Aug. 22, 1998, he was united in marriage to Kristy Ludwig at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, near Elma, Iowa. The family lived on Mark’s childhood farm. He was a supportive father who wanted his boys to reach their full potential. The couple had many friends and family whom they loved to spend time with throughout their life together. 
Mark was employed at Zoetis for 22 years, was a member of the Floyd Methodist Church and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with his family. He loved to attend his boys’ events, ranging from 4-H meetings to bowling meets and watching superhero movies. In April, he took his boys on a vacation to Charlotte, N.C., where the boys rode on an airplane for the first time to visit family.
Mark is survived by his sons, Nathan and Dylan of Charles City; mother, Hattie (Chuck) Pyatt of Charles City; his five siblings, Jane (Joe) Tucker of Charlotte, Sandy (Marlin) Eddy of Osceola, Iowa, Dan (Laurie) Shultz of Omaha, Neb., James Shultz of Guthrie Center, Iowa and JoEllen (Bill) Bigelow of Des Moines, Iowa; nephews and nieces, Jessica, Carly, Matthew, Susannah, Carolyn, Donald, Kelsey, Bobby, David and Katie; mother-in-law, Marge Ludwig of Elma; Kristy’s family, Kathy (Dave) Hageman of Decorah, Iowa, Kari (Tom) Dunn of Elma and Kim (Phillip) Ollendieck of Cresco, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.
Mark was preceded in death by his wife, Kristy (Ludwig) Shultz on Dec. 16, 2016; father, Morris Donald Shultz; father-in-law, Francis Ludwig; and grandparents, Tom and Dorothy Smith and Clinton and Myrtle Shultz.
He touched many lives and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials for his sons’ education, Charles City Friends of Cancer or the Rochester, Minn. Hope Lodge.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

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