Daniel G. Shultz

March 22, 1928 ~ July 31, 2020 (age 92)


Daniel G. Shultz, 92, of Altoona, went to be in his eternal rest with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday.

He was born in Altoona, son of Samuel and Louise (Sorge) Shultz. Dan was twice married: first to the late Lois M. Raichle on Nov. 23, 1951, in St. James Lutheran Church; and then married to Connie (Gonter) Nabors on Sept. 21, 1997, in Fourth Lutheran Church.

In addition to his loving wife, Connie, Dan is survived by two daughters: Deborah (Guido) Santella and Diane Shultz; two grandsons: Guido (Andrea) Santella III and Paul Santella; two great-granddaughters: Isabelle and Ruby Santella; and extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Caroline Rhodes; brother, Wilbur Shultz; niece, Linda Rhodes; and nephew, Richard Shultz.

Dan was a 1948 graduate of Altoona High School. His occupation was a meat merchandiser by trade. His advocation and greatest joy in life was sharing God’s love through his lay ministry.

Dan enjoyed traveling to various small parishes and conducting Sunday evening services for many years at the Blair Towers. He last pastored at Grace United Church of Christ and was a prayer partner at UPMC Altoona.

Dan was a member of the Field of Harvest Parish. He also enjoyed attending the Men’s Christian Fellowship at the Lighthouse, delivering for Meals on Wheels, the great outdoors, and family gatherings.

God’s gift of animals was also a joy for Dan, especially his cats, Winky and Taffy.

Dan’s last weeks of compassionate and professional care was assisted by family hospice, which was greatly appreciated. The family would also like to thank the staff at Epworth Manor for the excellent care they provided over the years.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Santella Funeral Home. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park.

In memory of Dan, contributions may be made to the Central PA Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.

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