FRANZ 'SQUIRREL' SCHULTHEIS
Squirrel was born of Germanic ancestry in Philadelphia on Dec. 8, 1939. He passed from this life in Key West on Monday, May 13, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gertrude (Schuster) Schultheis. He is survived by his brother Edward, sister Dorothy and his loving daughter Frances Wren and her mother, Bobbi.
Squirrel joined the Navy at 16 years of age. He proudly served in the silent service. He fought the Cold War all on diesel subs, from the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle to the southern Atlantic Ocean. Many of his assignments are still classified. He served on the Thornback, Sennet and, at 26 years of age, as chief of the boat on the Amberjack, the last sub to be based in Key West. He ended his career as manager of the CPO club in Gulfport, Miss.
After retiring, he made Key West his home port. He fished commercially and managed the West Key Bar, among other ventures. He traveled yearly to his reunions with fellow submarine crew members and to see his only daughter.
He was an active member of the Moose, VFW, American Legion and also his favorite watering hole, The Rusty Anchor.
Squirrel still had salt in his veins, as his many friends will acknowledge. His stories, told in great detail, were both interesting and funny. With a vodka and soda (short glass, "nfl," and his "squares"), he could go on forever about his Navy adventures.
Squirrel is now on eternal patrol.
Smooth sailing, Chief.
We're gonna miss you, caring and lovable friend.
There will be a celebration of Squirrel's life from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the American Legion Hall, 5610 W. Junior College Road.
Covered dishes are welcome.