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SCHILTZ, Laverne "Ed"

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SCHILTZ, Laverne "Ed". (Dubuque, IA, Sept. 26, 1930--Dubuque, IA, July 27, 2011). The son of Alfred and Mary (Nachtman) Schiltz, began working at the age of twelve on a Milwaukee Railroad Section Gang. An honors student, he graduated in three years from LORAS ACADEMY in 1948. An exceptional baseball catcher, he played for various professional teams and was selected for an all-star team and trained alongside Mickey Mantle. He was then promoted to a Class A Eastern League before being drafted into the KOREAN CONFLICT. A gifted mathematician, he served as a cryptographer for the U.S. Army. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to play for the New York Yankees organization. There he helped develop three major league pitchers: Eddie Fisher, Jim O'Toole and Don Schwall.

The G.I. Bill afforded him the opportunity to receive a college education. He left baseball and later graduated with a bachelor of science at the University of Iowa. He then worked in time study and inspection management at the JOHN DEERE DUBUQUE WORKS until his retirement after thirty years.

He married Joan Russell on Feb. 19, 1976, at ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH.



"LaVerne Schiltz," THonline: http://www.thonline.com/obituaries/article_a27be0e8-1617-5594-bf36-bf654172e9ad.html