A Moving Week, As Cougar Community Pays Tribute to Mike Schulze
It was a week of grief and loving reflection, as the Cougar Community joined others across the region, and the state, in celebrating the life of DPS Trooper Mike Schulze. Schulze – who was stationed at Pine Springs for 17 years – was Dell City ISD's “resource officer” and a devoted friend to the school and community. He passed away at his home, at the foot of the Guadalupe Mountains, on March 29.
Hundreds gathered at the Van Horn High School Auditorium Thursday, April 8, to memorialize Mike, and graveside services followed at the Dell City Cemetery. The previous day, Wednesday, April 7, Dell City ISD held a ceremony at the school celebrating Mike's life.
Dell City students, faculty, staff and school board members participated, and the school was also honored to host area law officers and first responders, and members of Mike's family – including his wife, Lisa, his brother Carl, his children Alyssa, Maris, Mikenzi, and Macy, his stepchildren Liza, Leilani, Andrea and Aaron, and his parents, Miles and Gaynelle.
A willow tree was planted, and a sculpture placed, at the front of the school in Mike's honor, and speakers included Mike's father and brother, Principal Carlos A. Contreras, Dell City School senior Tristan Smetak and others. There was music, and fifth-grader Texana Scarbrough read a poem.
The ceremony concluded when attendees released white balloons, and watched as they rose and sailed east, toward the Guadalupes.