Charles Craig Schultz, Jr.


Charles Craig Schultz Jr. was known for his easy smile and outgoing nature, which served him well for decades in his career as a pharmaceutical representative and a physician's liaison. He had a great gift for friendship, and maintained close ties with many classmates from high school and college until the last months of his life.
On Monday, July 1, after a long struggle with alcoholism and depression, Chuck ended his life. He was 56.
Chuck was born on March 5, 1963 in Ashtabula to parents Alvina Jane (Janey) Schultz and Charles Craig Schultz. He was the youngest of four, and the only boy. He developed an early reputation as the boy who loved animals, and by age six was bringing home abandoned dogs. This became his lifelong habit.
Sports was a part of his life. He was a pitcher in Little League, and served as bat boy for his father's softball team for Spot Café. He lettered in track and cross country at Ashtabula High school until he graduated in 1981. He ran track and was a high-jumper at Baldwin Wallace College, where he graduated in 1985 with a bachelor of arts in business administration and a minor in history. His frequent gifts for nieces and nephews when they were young were shirts emblazoned with the logos of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns.
Chuck's career in pharmaceuticals took him to soaring professional heights in the fields of oncology, HIV, addiction, cardiology, gastroenterology and upper respiratory. In 2003, he ranked third in sales nationwide for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and two years later earned the Ruby Lapel Pin Award for achieving $1 million in sales. He consistently ranked in the top 20 percent of the Daiichi Pharmaceutical Corp. sales force for monthly market share for two products, and regularly achieved 100 percent of an aggressive sales quota while at G.D. Searle & Co.
From 2012 to October 2015, Chuck was a physician liaison for University Hospitals of Cleveland, based in Geauga County. He was also a member of the 2013 class of Leadership Geauga.
Chuck was a skilled swimmer with a lifelong love for Lake Erie. He was a lifeguard at Lake Shore Park and Walnut Beach during the summers of his college years. He had a passion for snorkeling, and was also an avid fisherman, a hobby he developed from years of fishing with his mother. He had a sense of mischief, too. To the occasional alarm of friends, for example, he would swim far from shore and then float for long periods of time, ignoring pleas to return. He was quick with a witticism to lighten the mood, and swift to show support for those who struggle. In recent days, his family has been moved by messages of condolence from new friends he made during his stay in a residential treatment center. They describe him as a kind and caring man invested in their recovery.
Chuck was a student of history, with a particular interest in the Vietnam War, in part because so many from Ashtabula served there. He never tired of watching documentaries about the war, and eagerly discussed whatever book he'd just read about it. His favorite musical artists were John Denver and Bruce Springsteen, whom he recently described to one of his sisters as "the one artist who understands what it means to grow up in a town like Ashtabula."
After years of living and working in other cities, Chuck returned to Ashtabula in the late 1990s, and lived on the shore of his beloved Lake Erie, on Walnut Boulevard, until the final months of his life. He often texted photos of sunsets over the lake to friends and family, and described the lake as the one place where he found peace.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by sisters Connie Schultz (Sherrod Brown), Leslie Schultz Perkoski (David Perkoski) and Toni Gayle Schultz; nephews Andrew Gard and Joshua David Zetlaw; nieces Lindsay Marie Burlingham and Caitlin Schultz Molina; great-nephews Clayton Torres Gard, Nikos Geno Burlingham and Milo Sherrod Molino; great-nieces Lillian Jane Burlingham and Ela Constance Molina; and his former partner, Patty Craft.
Chuck's family wishes to acknowledge his friends who tried to help him in the final years of his life. His sisters are especially grateful for the extraordinary love and support of Jim Riffle, and Scott and Paula McClure and their children, Rachael and Ryan.
Chuck is also survived by his dog Sadie, whom he often jokingly described as the only female in his life who loved him unconditionally. More than a decade ago, Chuck rescued Sadie. He often said she returned the favor.
Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home, 500 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula is handling arrangements. Online obituary and condolences at
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Published on July 5, 2019
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3 posts

Phil Sholtis
Jul 10, 2019
Connie, Leslie and Toni

My heartfelt condolences to you and your families.
Doug Headman
Jul 06, 2019
RIP buddy! You’ll be missed, but memories will bring smiles to our faces and warm our hearts! Connie, Leslie, and Toni, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!❤️🙏
Barbara Heath
Jul 06, 2019
My heartfelt prayers and sympathy in the loss of your beloved brother. Though I did not know him, just the pleasure of working with both his sisters, Toni and Leslie, in the Lakeside School system, allows me to believe that he was very, very special. I would have remembered him from the Spot Cafe softball days, and hopefully, time will heal a lot of the pain you are going through.