IN MEMORIAM: Former Gas Workers 11-6 Business Manager Joe Schulte

Joseph Leo (Joe) Schulte, former business manager of Gas Workers Local 11-6 and a longtime member of the St. Louis Labor Council Executive Board, passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 3, 2022, at the age of 77.

Brother Schulte was born August 13, 1944, in St. Louis, Mo. and was one of 13 siblings. whom he loved dearly. Joe married shortly after high school and had a family with three daughters and one son.

Throughout his adult life, Brother Schulte made a lifelong career at Laclede Gas as a pipefitter and retired as the business manager for Gas Workers Union Local 11-6. He represented the Laclede Gas workers, which brought him great pride and accomplishment within the utilities industry.

As a union business manager, he played a vital role in benefits for union members while shepherding multiple pieces of pro-union legislation in Jefferson City and Congress. During his retirement, he volunteered and lobbied for the Deputy Sheriff Association and helped them pass pro-deputy sheriff and law enforcement legislation in Jefferson City.

Brother Schulte will be remembered for his many accomplishments in work, the union, and the community, and for his devotion to his family and partner.

He will be greatly missed by his beloved life partner of 24 years, Willa; his four lovely children Joella, Sarah, Andrew, and Jessie; his precious grandchildren; his partner’s children, Laura, Danny, and Darrin; and his partner’s granddaughter, Sydney and great-granddaughter, Vivien.

Funeral services were held at Kutis Funeral Home, South County Chapel on Feb. 12.

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