Wallis E. Schulle

September 29, 1925 ~ April 15, 2018 (age 92)

At the age of 92, Wally left us on April 15, 2018, after a heart attack in our home. Sudden and final, it was the way he would have wanted to go. Born in Austin, Texas to William Charles Schulle and Stella Lindheimer Schulle, Wally survived his parents as well as his brother, William Schulle, and sister, Barbara Schulle. Wally attended the University of Texas, where he earned both B.B.A. and L.L.B. degrees. His education was interrupted by his service as a pilot of B-17 and B-25 planes in the Army Air Force during both World War II and the Korean War. In the summer of 1950, he visited a friend in Jensen Beach, FL, where he met the love of his life, Marilyn “Bunny” Janata. Her parents had just moved down from Chicago, and it must have been pre-ordained that they meet. Wally and Bunny had a long-distance romance, and married in 1951 at Lowry Air Force Base. Wally was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1952, when he returned to U.T. to finish his Law Degree. After becoming a member of the Texas Bar Association, Wally worked as Assistant District Attorney of Travis County, TX. Then the beaches of Florida beckoned, and Wally and Bunny moved to North Palm Beach. He became a member of the Florida Bar Association and practiced law for almost 25 years. He became the first Municipal Judge of North Palm Beach and also the Town Attorney of Juno Beach. Wally was known among his colleagues as one of the best appellate writers of legal briefs. Later, he became Court Administrator and Marshal for the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Wally had a passion for exploring new places, and he shared it with Bunny as they travelled the world. With his wife by his side, and often with family and friends, Wally visited places too numerous to mention, preserving the memories with his talent for storytelling and photography. Some of his dearest friends shared trips with him to his favorite spots, including Europe, China and Africa, while Bunny will never forget their final journey, a 50th wedding anniversary in France. Wally’s interest in faraway places continued long after he could no longer travel, as he never missed a TV documentary about our planet and its peoples, and the vast Universe beyond. Another of Wally’s passions was sports. As the years went by, he enjoyed playing Polo, Squash, Badminton, Handball, Racquetball, Tennis and Golf, and he was a tournament champion in some of these. Wally’s enthusiasm for boating and fishing furnished his family the opportunity to explore the waterways and adjacent ocean waters on nearly every weekend. After he retired, Wally pursued his lifelong hobby, which was building models with museum quality perfection. One of the comforts that Wally’s family will rely on is listening to the music that he so dearly loved. An acoustic guitar hobbyist, Wally loved to listen to multiple genres of music, from classical to 20th Century standards. His grandchildren brag that, because of him, they’re the only millennials who know the words to songs of the ’70s, now called “elevator music” by their peers. Because he was the great-grandson of a famous Texas botanist, Wally’s lifelong appreciation for nature was perhaps inherited, and he could name most plants and trees that he came upon. He was also known for working for hours in his own yard. Wally enjoyed his many friends, who were, in his own words, “the finest circle of friends in the world.” Those who knew him will remember his warm smile, his infectious laugh, his Texas drawl, and his signature greeting of “How y’all doin’?” Above all, he loved his family, who will always adore him. He leaves behind Bunny, his wife of almost 67 years; his sons Mark and Scott; his daughter Jana and her husband Gerry; and his granddaughters Chelsea, Amy and Jenny. He will also be missed by his playful Shih Tzu, Riley, who gave him laughter and joy during his final two years. At his request, there will be a private family celebration of the life of this most honorable, thoughtful and loveable man. Wally expressed hopes that his loved ones will honor him by simply enjoying happy memories and life to the fullest.

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