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Schulze, Rev. Eric Nolan

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November 4, 1934 - August 8, 2016

Schulze, Rev. Eric Nolan


            Pastor Eric Nolan Schulze of Hurst died peacefully in his home on Monday, August 8, 2016.  He was born November 4, 1934, in Bryan, Texas, the son of Nolan and Margaret Schulze.  At a youth leadership school in 1950, he began considering the pastoral ministry as a vocation.

He graduated as salutatorian from San Marcos High School at the age of 16.  In 1955, he received his BA degree from Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas; and in 1959, he received his M. Div. degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA.  He pursued additional graduate study at the University of Erlangen, Germany in 1959-60; and at Rice University, Houston, TX in 1960-61.

Pastor Schulze was ordained on June 25, 1961.  He accepted the call to start a new congregation, Atonement Lutheran Church, on the west side of San Antonio, TX, which grew to 590 members in eight years.  While there he helped establish the Lackland Area Ministerial Association and the Valley Hi Optimist Club.

In April 1969 he accepted the call to become pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church, Richland Hills, TX.  “Pastor Eric” served there until his retirement in January, 2004.  During this time, Calvary thrived and had three building programs.

He served several years as a member and chairman of the North East Emergency Distribution Board of Directors; member and chairman of the Board of Directors of Briarwood Lutheran Retreat Center; and member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Lutheran University Alumni Association.  He was active in Via de Cristo of North Texas, serving as spiritual director numerous times and as a member of the Secretariat.

Pastor Schulze also enjoyed leading Calvary’s Stephen Ministry program; mentoring a number of pastoral interns through the years; and organizing and leading wonderful tours for church members to Germany, Italy and Greece.  He loved camping, the mountains, traveling, sports (especially the Texas Rangers), and music (opera and symphony).  He was passionate about his children, grandchildren and his Calvary congregation.

Pastor Eric is survived by his three caring children, Eric Nolan Schulze, Jr., and his wife Frankie of Lakewood, CO, Kari Laraine Brandenburg and her husband Jonathan of Addison, TX, and Kristen Marie Flabiano and her husband, Darin of Dallas, TX; two adoring grandchildren, Christopher Charles Flabiano and Chloe Marie Flabiano; two loving sisters, Dorothea (Dorry) Shaddock and her husband Carroll of Houston, Texas, and Mary Neuendorf and her husband Klaus of Salem, Oregon; sister-in-law Raquel Schulze, wife of his late brother John of Austin, TX; four nephews, Christoph John Neuendorf, Christian Shaddock, Peter Eric Shaddock and Matthew Nolan Shaddock; niece Renate Neuendorf; former wife, mother of his children, close friend and confidant, Gail Grundman; and the greatest group of friends anyone could ask for within the Calvary congregation.

Memorial Service 2pm Saturday, August 13th at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7620 Baker Blvd, Richland Hills, TX 76118

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Briarwood Retreat Center, 670 Copper Canyon Rd., Argyle, TX  76226, or online at!ways-to-give.


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

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Perry & Lisa Olsen

August 14, 2016 8:36AM

A simply outstanding person. I am saddened to hear of Pastor Eric's passing, but remain comforted in the knowledge that he is at rest and with the Lord. I'll never forget his wit, compassion, and directness about all things. His impact in my life and the lives of our family lives on in the legacy and future of Calvary Lutheran Church.

My love and prayers go out to his family and all who miss him with me.

Michael Thomas Kusiak, MD.

August 13, 2016 2:05PM

Pastor Schulze confirmed me @ Atonement shortly after we arrival as "military transplants" from a remote Montana airbase, where "church", & "religion" were pretty much limited to military chapel services & an overworked, rather generic "chaplain of the month". Thats when 1)I met a ball of fire 2)who confirmed me at age 14/15, 3)convinced my parents to 4)send me to TLC, 4)from where my calling lead to med school in Mexico, 5)to serve God's people. Never got to thank him. Espero que descansas en Paz de nuestro Dios, Eric! Gracias. Tommy Kusiak

Duane and Joyce ness

August 11, 2016 2:51PM

Remembering the first Sunday he and family was at Calvary with a down pour rainstorm and the mud at the door. He confirmed and married both of our children and has been such a blessing to our family in more ways than we can ever repeat. Our loss is felt but so blessed to know he is at rest and peace.

Alice Lee

August 11, 2016 9:33AM

I came to know Pastor Eric late in his life and found a man who lived his faith. He led the Senior Group at Calvary in games, fellowship, meals and sight seeing around the area. always faithful, even when it meant coming to church in his wheelchair when his health was in jeopardy. Would that I could be so..

Meg Acker

August 11, 2016 8:51AM

What a life well lived. Thank you for your service to Calvary Lutheran these many years. Go in Peace and serve our Lord!!

Eileen Mueller

August 10, 2016 5:48PM

Pastor Eric was very special. We attended Atonement in 1966 and the next morning he was at our door step. He and Gail recently visited Atonement but I was not there. He had a large impact on a lot of lives. Prays are with the family.