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Community remembers Indiana couple killed in Seattle

Two long-time teachers are being remembered a day after they were killed by a suspected drunk driver.  The two were crossing a street in Seattle, Wash., when witnesses said the car appeared out of nowhere.

After spending decades helping young people, in school and at their church, Dennis and Judy Schulte moved to Seattle.  They wanted to be close to their first grandchild.  That plan was cut short and sadly, all that is left is their legacy.

As Mark Mullan was cuffed at the scene of a deadly accident in Seattle, friends were mourning the Indiana couple he allegedly killed.

“I will not say you can never replace these people, but it is near impossible,” said friend Max Chambers.

The excitement Judy Schulte felt to be a grandmother jumped off the page in a letter to friend Chambers: “Very emotional after all these years without grandchildren.”

Investigators said Mullan’s blood-alcohol level was .22 when he hit the Schultes, their daughter-in-law and 10-day-old grandson.  Dennis and Judy Schulte were pronounced dead at the scene.

“We are just at a shock and a severe loss,” said Chambers.

Judy Schulte was the long-time guidance councilor at Northwestern High School.  For decades, Dennis Schulte was a high level math teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Western High School.

“The impact that Dennis and his wife Judy had is immeasurable,” said Western High School Principal Rick Davis.  “The two school systems here in the county, the decades of service – so many people were touched by them and continue to be touched by them with the dedication they had of taking care of people.”

The Schultes went from teaching students, to feeding them.  They started the Western Buddy Bag program.  That program now provides meals to hundreds of area kids every week.

“They wanted to get out of their comfort zone,” said Chambers.  “They knew this was going to be a new adventure.”

Now, as the church deals with their grief, they are left with big shoes to fill.

“The Schultes, Dennis, and more especially Judy’s work in this church has really brought it to where it is right now,” said Chambers.  “It has also taught the rest of us, that we can do the same.”

Before the Schultes left for Seattle, the children of the Russiaville United Methodist Church took turns walking up to the Schultes. They thanked the couple for all they had done, and wished them well in their new home.  They had no idea it would be the last time they would see the couple alive.

At last check ,the couple’s daughter-in-law and grandson were in critical condition.


12 Comments to “Community remembers Indiana couple killed in Seattle”

    1coltsbeliever said:
    March 26, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Prayers go out for the Family and to their Daughter -in – Law and grandchild. Sending my condolences to all the people,children and church family. May God give all of you comfort in these very troubling times.

    Holly Hall said:
    March 26, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    He needs to be treated as the murderer he is. Not just given a traffic ticket and a slap on the wrist!! Such a terrible loss!! Prayers to the family!!

    cara kiser said:
    March 26, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I knew Mrsschultes from northwestern and she was very kind and friendly to everyone. My heart goes to all of the family and to their friends. It is a very sad situation.

    kelsey said:
    March 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Such a terrible tragedy. Prayers, love and sympathy to all those whom's life they touched.

    anon said:
    March 26, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    How incredibly sad! My heartfelt sympathies to their family & friends, especially their daughter; they mentioned the 10-day old grandbaby and his new mommy who were also involved: I hope they weren't seriously injured & that Fox 59 follows up on their condition!

    Cindy said:
    March 27, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    Thoughts and prayers to the family hope the daughter in law and baby make a full recovery

    Rita Helvig said:
    March 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    This is very sad to hear! My heart and prayers go out to the family, My God be with you.

    Wesson said:
    March 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Schulte was a good man, Coach and motivator. Known for his math game days. Teacher, Coach and Friend. #72 Wesson

    Britney said:
    March 27, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Anyone who would like to donate to help with medical bills please go to https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/aTM78 any help is appreciated! Please share on facebook, at your place of work, anywhere to any one! Take it to church and pray for this family as well please!!

    Lisa said:
    March 31, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Thank you for your support and consideration! Please consider doantion for the memorial. The site is secure and safe. Bless these two people!

    Colonel Tom Kearney said:
    April 8, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    May God grant the Schulte's eternal peace! I remember Coach Schulte from my days as a Western Panther football player over 35 years ago, and I am sad to hear of his passing.