Vader Thomas Stultz

Born in Bloomfield, MO on January 22, 1942

Departed on October 6, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Vader Thomas Stultz, 78, of Gallatin Tennessee, passed away peacefully with his wife and daughter by his side on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from respiratory failure and complications caused by Covid-19. He was born on January 22, 1942 on a family farm near Bloomfield, Missouri to Henry Thomas Stultz and Blanche Alice (Harper) Stultz Avery who precede him in death. He married Wanda Lee Niehaus of Dexter, Missouri on April 24, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri and she survives. He is also survived by one daughter, Dawn Denise Stultz Kingsley and a son-in-law, John William “Billy” Kingsley and three grandsons John Thomas Harper Kingsley, William Kendrick Lee Kingsley and John William Kingsley III, along with one sister, Bonnie Cooper of Dexter, Missouri and with numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.
He attended Essex High School and entered the Marine Corps his senior year. He finished basic training and was deployed on a number of missions to Cuba, Australia, Puerto Rico and the Mediterranean before returning home between enlistments in 1964. It was that same year he met and married the love of his life after only two weeks of courtship. At the time of his death they had celebrated 56 years of marriage. And it was not long enough.
While in the Marine Corps he completed two combat tours in Vietnam where he received numerous commendations and awards for outstanding conduct and service. When he returned home he was stationed in Effingham, IL and completed his career in the Marine Corp on recruiting duty where he finished with the rank of Staff Sargent at his retirement. While living and working in Illinois he served as a reservist for the Illinois National Guard and owned the Stultz Insurance Agency before going to work for the United States Postal Service. In 1985 he moved his family for the final time to Hendersonville, Tennessee where he continued his work for the postal service until he retired in 2000.
In Illinois he was an active member of the Masonic Lodge 149 and Heart Shrine Club in Effingham. He earned the rank of Master Mason 32nd degree and helped raise money for the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. As a member of the Heart Shrine Club he was a founding member of the Heart Shrine Club Original Fire Patrol entertaining thousands of children and adults in parades all across Central Illinois.
He was an avid bass fisherman and organized many fishing tournaments to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Tennessee. His true loves were God, wife, daughter, grandsons, family, dogs, Marine Corp, Masons, Shriners and fishing and not necessarily in that order.
Services for Mr. Stultz will be held at the Hendersonville Funeral Home and Memory Gardens at 353 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Thursday, October 15 from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. A Masonic Scottish Rite Service will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. with the Funeral Service beginning at 11 a.m. A graveside military service will be held at 2 p.m. on the same day at the Middle Tennessee National Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN 37221.
In lieu of Flowers the family asks for donations to the Disable American Veterans and Shriner Children’s Hospitals.

7 Comments to Vader Thomas Stultz

  1. Lee harris
    October 12, 2020 1:32 pm

    Neighbor friend ,live close by walk past your house every morning. Also being a Viet Nam vet and avid bass fisherman we had a fairley close friend ship.may God bless all in Jesus Name.

  2. Tyler Wilson Dickens Turf
    October 12, 2020 8:05 pm

    Sorry to see this. Always enjoyed talking to him when he needed parts or repairs for his mower. God bless you all.

  3. Elizebeth Williams Ashabranner
    October 14, 2020 7:54 am

    Vader will be missed greatly. His stories of growing up with my dad always made me smile. Your Arkansas Family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the difficult days to come.

  4. mary pagliughi
    October 14, 2020 2:00 pm

    Wanda- So sorry to hear of your loss. Every time I drive around the corner I think of you and Vader. (His office was there when you lived in Effingham.) I will keep you and family in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Mary Ellen Pagliughi
    October 14, 2020 2:10 pm

    Wanda- I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I still think of you and Vader often as his office was around the corner from me. Effingham lost a great asset when you moved. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Randall Williams
    October 15, 2020 3:05 pm

    Thank You for letting Hendersonville Masonic Lodge #359 be a part of the Service for our Masonic Brother Stultz. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Family if the Lodge or any of our Masonic Family can help in anyway PLEASE let us know

  7. wayne Georgiades
    October 17, 2020 5:19 pm

    I was just thinking about you Vader. I didn’t know you were ill. Da– chinese flu. Well Brother you were much loved and will be missed greatly. Rest in Peace brother and thank you for your friendship.

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