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May 26, 2013 - Staff
Robert Schults died Friday, May 17, 2013, at home in Lander with his wife, Barbara, at his side. He was 63 years old.
Per his request, there will be no services. His ashes will be scattered atop the Wind River mountains at a later date.
Robert Schults was born Jan. 13, 1950, the son of Robert Schults and Dolores (Koop) Schults in Lincoln, Neb.
He attended school in Omaha, Neb., and went to college at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
He then attended a respiratory therapy program and passed the boards to become a registered respiratory therapist.
He married Barbara Van Kerrebrook in 1975, and they raised three children. They moved briefly to Ogallala, Neb., where he established a respiratory therapy department for the local hospital before taking his expertise to Lander.
In Lander, he would be instrumental in starting the hospital's respiratory home care program. He was affectionately known as "Breathin' Bob."
His family said working with his home care patients was one of the things he enjoyed most. His other passions included hunting, fishing, collecting, and spending time with his children and dogs.
"He was an honest and caring man who never asked anything for himself and gave his all to everyone around him," a family statement reads.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sister Deb Schults; daughter Jaree; sons Matt and Tyler Schults; and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim Schults.
Memorials can be mailed directly to the local Pet Connection, P.O. Box 854, Lander, WY 82520 or the Tough Enough Foundation of Fremont County, 716 College View Drive, Riverton, WY 82501.
Services are under the direction of Hudson's Funeral Home of Lander (www.HudsonsFuneralHome.com).