Joseph H. Schulz

July 25, 1967 - August 4, 2017
Joseph H. Schulz

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Colonel Joseph H. Schulz, devoted husband, loving father and retired Air Force A-10 Warthog pilot and United Airlines pilot, passed away at his home in Toano, Virginia, on August 4, 2017, at the age of 50 after a long battle with cancer.   Joe was born July 25, 1967, in Waterbury, Connecticut, and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He attended the United States Air Force Academy and earned his Master in Business Administration from Colorado State University.


Joe was a command pilot with more than 4000 hours in the T-38, A-10A, and A-10C aircraft and flew 250 combat missions in support of Operations Provide Comfort, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.


Despite his successful military and commercial pilot career, Joe was most proud and devoted to his loving wife of almost 22 years, Jennifer, and their children Hayley, Olivia and Jack.   He was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Olaf Catholic Church in Norge, Virginia, where he faithfully served on the Parish Council while battling cancer.


Joe will be remembered as an exceedingly humble, compassionate and loving man who had a profound impact on all whom he encountered.  His physical, emotional and spiritual strength was an inspiration to all around him and was present until the very end.  He lived a life full of love, laughter and joy.  Joe’s passions were his family, friends and faith.  He treasured watching his children compete in their various athletic endeavors.  He enjoyed the outdoors, flying airplanes, taking long walks, spending quality time with his family watching movies and sharing meals, and cheering on his beloved Boston Red Sox and Denver Broncos.


Joe is survived by his wife, Jennifer Rose (Sutherland), and their children, Hayley Rose, Olivia Mary and Jack Sutherland, of Toano, Virginia; by his mother, Rose Ellen (Bergin) Schulz, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and his brother, Andy Schulz, and his wife, Chrisy, and their sons, Liam and Sam, of Parker, Colorado. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Jack H. Schulz, originally from Lagrange, Indiana. He was also very close to his parents-in-law, Mike and Mary Sutherland of Kilmarnock, Virginia; and siblings-in law, Chris and Saskia Sutherland of Denmark; Claire and Ed Lampitt of Toano, Virginia; and Jessie and Anthony Rudolphi of Toano and all their children. Joe will be sorely missed by the family’s faithful dog, Poppy.


A visitation from 6-8pm on Friday, August 11, will take place at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Norge, Virginia, 23188. A funeral mass will take place at St. Olaf at 10am on Saturday, August 12.  Burial (with full military honors) will be at Williamsburg Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome a donation to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at  Condolences may also be made online at

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  • August 10, 2017
    John and LeeAnn McNeil says:
    So sad to hear the news -- we will miss you, Brama. We pray for you and your Family Jen and hope all your happy memories will help ease the pain in your hearts. We will all miss his infectious smile, humor, wisdom and friendship. "So here's a nickel on the grass to you, my friend, and your spirit, enthusiasm, sacrifice and courage - but most of all to your friendship. Your's is a dying breed and when you are gone, the world will be a lesser place" (unknown author). Fly West Brama!

  • August 11, 2017
    The Cooke Family says:
    Sending our love and support through this difficult time.

  • August 11, 2017
    Vicky Rappold Mediate says:
    I knew Joe, his brother Andy, and his parents Jack and Rose in high school and while he was at the Academy. Their home was always open and welcoming to visitors. Although gone way too soon, I believe Joe's gentle and sweet spirit will forever be with those whose lives he touched. My prayers to Joe's wife, Jennifer, and their beautiful children. "Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him".

  • August 11, 2017
    Kathleen Bergin Dezi says:
    Jennifer, Haley, Olivia, and Jack I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Joe as a baby when we cared for him during a time his mom needed a short hospital stay. Even then all he did was smile and laugh, never cried, he was a good baby and so easy to care for, so his goodness was in him even as an infant. The heavens gained a great angel. I do hope you can find some comfort and peace in all the love and memories you all shared. Joe you will be missed. Love Kathy

  • August 08, 2017
    The Orred Family says:
    Dear Jen and Family, We are so so sorry to hear of Joe's passing and send our sincere sympathy to you all. We were so honored to have shared a small part of our lives with you as CT neighbors. Thinking of you all at this time. Susan, Greg, Wes & Garrett