Russiaville remembers couple who died in Seattle


Family and friends shared emotional words Wednesday night as they remembered a Howard County couple killed by a suspected drunk driver in Washington State.

At Western High School in Russiaville, loved ones gathered to show support for the family torn apart by a deadly crash.

Western is the high school where Dennis Schulte spent his life teaching and coaching students, and it's where hundreds came Wednesday night to remember Dennis and his wife Judy, celebrating the couples life along with their love for their community and their family.

Dr. J. Hugh Jack Dwyer, brother of Judy Schulte related one of the last e-mails Judy sent to him from Seattle. It read, "Sixty degrees and sunny, with a clear view of the mountains here."

The couple had recently moved there from Indiana.

Family friend Tim McElfresh, who was like a son to the Schultes told the crowd, "As you look around this gymnasium, the person sitting next to you - the person just a few rows down - those were the people that they loved."

The Schultes were crossing a Seattle street with their daughter in law and newborn grandson, Elias, on March 25 when police say suspected drunk driver Mark Mullen hit them with his truck.

Mullen is still in a Seattle jail on a $2.5-million bond. He's scheduled to appear in court Thursday to answer to charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

"I can tell you the last time I spoke to coach, and how excited he and Judy were to baby sit for the first time," McElfresh recalled.

The Schultes' daughter-in-law Karina, and baby grandson, remain hospitalized facing a long road to recovery.

Marilyn Schulte, the couples daughter, asked those gathered to continue to pray for Karina and Elias.

The Schulte's were remembered as loving parents, teachers, and mentors to hundreds in their community.

Together, they started the Buddy Bag Program, to make sure no school child went home for the weekend without food.

Jeff Hunt, a colleague of Dennis, said, "Those of you who had the great privilege to be around Judy and Dennis as family and friends saw some miraculous people, some miraculous people."

It was their love for their children though, that ultimately led them to split their time between Kokomo and Seattle, where they died.

That's how the Schultes will be remembered most, as loving parents.

Marilyn Schulte summed it up saying, "We can each honor my parent's memory by working to leave this world a better place and making a positive mark on our community by loving God and loving those around us."

Those who knew and loved the couple say that's what the Schultes would have wanted them to do.