Kokomo couple remembered as teachers, volunteers

Judy Schulte holds her newborn grandson, Elias.
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A Kokomo school community is shaken by the deaths of a couple who devoted decades of their lives to students and their families.

Denny and Judy Schulte were visiting their daughter and newborn grandchild in Seattle when they were hit crossing a street.

Police in Seattle say the driver who hit the couple, Mark Mullan, may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol and had been arrested for drunk driving twice in the past four months. The Schultes died at the scene and their 33-year-old daughter-in-law and 10-day-old grandson are in critical condition at a Seattle hospital.

Firefighters revived the baby boy before he and his mother were taken to the hospital.

The last known picture taken of Judy Schulte was of her holding Elias her first grandchild. It was a picture her friend Caroline Thompson and former colleagues at Northwestern High School in Howard County will cherish forever.

"Judy was diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago and her goal was to live long enough to see her grandchild and so he was born on March the 15th," said Thompson.

The Schultes moved to Seattle this winter to help their son and daughter-in-law with their new grandson, Elias.

The couple were teachers by profession and volunteers by nature.

"Her comment was, 'I will give it a few months to see how much Dan's family needs me and then I will start volunteering.' She had the volunteer heart, always serving the student and the school and also the community," said Thompson.

For 30 years, the Schultes were separated by day at different schools. Denny taught calculus at Western High School. A few miles away, Judy was the head of the guidance department at Northwestern High School.

"She was all about the kids. She was all about the students, she did everything for the students," said Johnston.

Denny helped coach the wrestling team, Judy spent her spare time doing what she did best, lending a helping hand to anyone that needed one.

"She just took me under her wing and encouraged me to be the best I could" said Billy Kaufman, one of her first students.

A few years ago, they both retired, but Denny still showed up at wrestling meets. Even in retirement, they gave countless hours toward the "Buddy Bag" program which they started to meet the needs of students that did not have food at home on the weekends.

It was the picture taken a few days ago that they treasured most, the grandchild Judy lived to see.

"People were looking at pictures of his grandbaby that he had forwarded to them that he was so excited to go out and see and he was just so proud of his two kids and what they had accomplished," said Western High School Principal Rick Davis.

It is the last picture of teacher, a friend and now a grandmother.

Both mother and child are in critical condition at a Seattle hospital. Mullan was arrested and is being held on a $2.5 million bond on two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault.