Wallis E. Schulle

Born: Tue., Sep. 29, 1925
Died: Sun., Apr. 15, 2018


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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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Michael Downey
   Posted Sun April 22, 2018
Bunny, Mark, Scott and Jana,
I was very sorry to read of your loss in this mornings paper. Wally was one of the most pleasant, funny and kind people I have ever met. You were both dear, dear friends to my parents for many years. I have many fond memories of Wally and my dad sharing a laugh. One of those, maybe not completely fond memories, was when I was twelve years old and decided I would borrow my mom's car. As would happen with twelve year-old drivers, I did not make it to my final destination before crashing into a parked car. I was so scared I wouldn't get out of the car and I was dreading the appearance of my father. When he did show up he had Wally in the front seat. To my surprise, Wally was so struck by my father's grim demeanor (not his natural state) that he was laughing so hard when they pulled up that he was slapping the dashboard. I have always believed that Wally's sense of humor may have saved my life that day.
Wally and Bunny were always my favorite of all my parents friends and I know Wally brought a lot of joy to my father. Always a smile, frequent jokes and a dear friend. I suspect they are currently in heaven sharing a laugh.
My heart goes out to all of you and I hope you experience a great deal of comfort in the fact that your husband and father's life was one extremely well lived.
Kindest Regards,
Mike

Janene Tully Kearns
   Posted Sun April 22, 2018
Dear Schulle Family, I was very saddened to hear of Mr. Schulle’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him growing up in NPB and can see his smiling face and kind, welcoming eyes. I always enjoyed talking to him. Your husband and father, is with my dad in heaven, talking about the good ol’ day’s on Dory Road.(My dad passed away in September). Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Richard Linn
   Posted Sun April 22, 2018
Wally was a wonderful person and a good friend. He will be missed by many, including all his buddies from the Tuscawilla Club.

Richard

Ginny Lu Pruitt
   Posted Sun April 22, 2018
Wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. I remember listening to him playing flamingo gutair, so impressed me I had mom buy me a gutair. Will miss his laugh but imagine he and dad are telling stories and laughing now.
Love to all of you, Ginny Lu,Pruitt

Cathy White
   Posted Mon April 30, 2018
Dearest Bunny Jana Mark and Scott:
Reading the message from my cousin Mike, just had me laughing too. We were all so sorry to hear about Wally's death, but I tell you we can hardly think of him without grinning. He had the best laugh in the world. He so delighted our father, and our Uncle Jim, and I'm pretty sure anyone else who knew him. Our father would say from time to time after telling some wonderful story -something Wally had said or done, he would say "you know why he's like that don't you? It's because he's from Texas !!"
Our parents and their friends, there's no question they were the finest people we will ever know. And that includes you Bunny. I know you will miss him, and I hope you have wonderful memories to think back on. Please accept our sincerest sympathy and love.
Cathy Downey White- from all the Downeys.

Shelley Remsen-Fisher
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
Dear Bunny and children,

So sorry to hear of Wally's passing. What a wonderful man who had a wonderful life surrounded by such a beautiful family and great friends. Bunny, I know mom, dad, John, Steph and I had such great times when we got together with you. You and Wally would light up the room with such infectious smiles and lots of laughter. Always fun times to be had when we were with all of you.

Love to you all and our sincere and deepest condolences.

John, Shelley and Stephanie Remsen

John Remsen, Jr.
   Posted Tue May 08, 2018
I'd like to join my sister, Shelley, to express our family's deepest sympathy to the Schulle family. We have many great memories of fun times our families shared in the Keys, the Racquet Club and plenty of other places.
May God be with you.
John Remsen, Jr.

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