Terry Lynwood Shultis, 77, passed away at 7:15 p.m., Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville. Born at home in Mason, Michigan, he was the son of Harry L. and Ruth M. Shultis. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Klont Shultis, the woman he loved above all else for his entire adult life; a brother and sister, Duane Shultis and Irene Dubois both of Michigan; four children -three sons, Christopher (Hee Sook) of Philadelphia; Eric (Linda) and Kurt (Deborah) of Alton; and one daughter Barbara of Albion, Michigan, deceased; several grandchildren-Arlo, Christian, Christopher, Johanna, Kurtis, Lance, Michael, Venice, Willow and Zora; and one great-grandchild-Robert.
Terry Shultis was an accomplished musician who studied with legendary Sousa drummer Frank Perne, was first chair percussionist at the Interlochen Music Camp when he was in high school, and while attending college at Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, he served as Principal Timpanist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
He was a bank executive by profession, accepted into the prestigious executive training program at the National Bank of Detroit where he worked for several years. But at heart, Terry and Patricia loved country life and he spent most of his career dedicated to preserving independent small town banks, first in Leslie, Michigan, then in his home town of Mason, and he served as President of the Independent Bankers Association of Michigan where he fought hard against the bank buyouts he knew would be the end of banking as the once respected profession to which he had dedicated his professional life.
After he retired as President and CEO of Mason State Bank, he and his wife Patricia moved to be with family in Alton, Illinois. There he returned to his first love of music devoting countless hours to playing the drums. He particularly enjoyed the time he spent with the New Horizons band. Music was his passion and he never stopped playing-all the way to the end. Terry was a devoted Christian and through all life's joys and pains his faith never wavered.
Memorial services have been held. Another service for Michigan friends and family will be held on what would have been his 78th birthday, August 25, in Mason. Details will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Center, 305 South Illinois Street, Belleville, Illinois, 62220. Gent Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook and information may be found at www.gentfuneralhome.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lsj/obituary.aspx?pid=164740154#sthash.O5HH2IrR.dpuf