April 20, 1953-March 14, 2019
John Patrick “Pat” Schulte, age 65, passed away unexpectedly at his home March 14, 2019, Pat was born in Butte, Montana to Robert and Mary Pat Schulte on April 20, 1953. He attended St. John’s Catholic School, and graduated from Butte Central High School in 1971. He attended Carroll College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree where he began his coaching career.
He moved to Browning, Montana to join his brother Steve to coach, mentor and lead students serving as assistant coach and then Athletic Director/Dean of Students for Browning High School. His commitment to native youth and education formed lifelong friendships in his 10 years in Browning. His passions were varied, forming a full life across education, coaching, broadcasting, acting, sales, and public works. At the time of his death he was a case manager for CCCS, Inc.
He married Tane Hippe on January 28, 1995, and they were blessed with two sons Connor Patrick and Kyle Michael who were the light of his life.
Pat was a hardworking athlete and as a youth played football, basketball, and baseball. He also participated in wrestling and track. His passions were football and coaching, especially when it involved his two sons. He was honored to serve as assistant coach for the Butte Central Maroons. When his sons graduated, he retired from coaching. One of his proudest moments was serving as coach for the 2014 West Shrine All Stars for the 68th annual East-West Shrine football game in which his son Connor played. Pat was inducted into the Butte Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1969 Butte Central state championship football team. Although he was a Carroll College Fighting Saint, he traded up when his two boys took the field as University of Montana Western Bulldogs.
Pat was a great communicator, known to many as a great special events master of ceremonies (emcee) and karaoke singer. He was an actor and loved theatre. He was cast as a soldier in the 1988 Montana film, “War Party.” He was the host of Party Line on KBOW-AM, and worked diligently on sports broadcasts and color commentary with his dear friend Paul Panisko as well providing live televised NAIA coverage for Omega Sports.
His political views led to his work as the campaign manager for the J.D. Lynch gubernatorial campaign in 1980. He worked with Evel Knievel as part of the promotion team marketing various jump events as well as the celebrated jump over the Snake River Canyon. In 1976, Pat rode his 10-speed bicycle from Butte, Montana to Las Vegas, Nevada to raise money for the Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.
He was proud of his Irish-Catholic heritage and was past president of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He was a member of Shrine-Baghdad Temple, member of the Knights of Columbus, and past board member of the Butte Sports Hall of Fame. Pat was a gentle, sensitive man, yet fiercely passionate about his family, friends, sports and Butte. He loved his Butte Central Maroons, his hometown of Butte, its history and celebrations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Pat Schulte.
He is survived by his wife, Tane and sons, Connor and Kyle; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Colleen Schulte, Mark and Judy Schulte, Steve and Lori Schulte, Joe and Roberta Schulte; sisters and brothers in-law, Barbara and John LaPierre and Mary Kaye and Dean Ericson; sister in-law and brother in-law, Pamela and Jim Bennett; uncles and aunts, Jack and Sandie McBride, Peggy Hennigan; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Friends may call Tuesday after 9 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church. Funeral Mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. in the Church. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be offered to the University of Montana-Western football field stadium project, Shriners Baghdad Temple, Butte Central School Foundation or donor’s choice.