Joseph R. Schultheis, Uncle Bob, Slim, Poppy Seed, Primetime, the man with the wide
grin and wide warm handshake, and the “Impossible Case” finished the race with 60 years
living for his Savior.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1929, “Slim”, who was very athletic, and his friends would
kick around Maplewood and Newark sneaking into the pool, scrapping for some scratch and
playing ball. Putting boyhood behind him, Joseph eventually joined the United States Air
Force and saw the world while being stationed in Hawaii and Japan in the 1950s. During his
enlistment he was fortunate enough to be “struck out” by Don Larson, a future Chicago Cub
MLB player, while playing for the Air Force baseball team.
After his enlistment ended, Joseph became self-employed and J & J carpet service would be
his occupation for some 30+ years. He and his merry men (his brother James Schultheis being
one) plied their craft, beautifying floors in Monmouth and Ocean counties as the flooring
contractor of the Sears and Roebucks in Middletown as well as other establishments.
In the late 50s his mother Pearl would come to know the Lord through a flyer left on her car.
The family had moved to East Keansburg around 1949 and a group of young Christians had
been holding tent meetings in the area. Joe was the “Impossible Case” as his future in-law
relate, however God’s love and mercy won him over, changing his life dramatically. He would
then marry Teresa Ferrara who would be his bride for 58 years until his death. They had four
children together and he took his place as a church deacon and board member at the
Keansburg Pentecostal Church in Keansburg, where his brother James became the Pastor.
Throughout his life, Joseph loved to body surf and was a water slide aficionado. With many
summer days spent driving down to Wildwood and enjoying the day on Morey’s Pier, finishing
the day with a hot slice and a cold Pepsi; or late summer afternoons were spent frolicking in
the local surf.
Joe was predeceased by his father Joseph Schultheis and his mother Pearl Wolf Schultheis; his
brother, James and his wife, Grace Schultheis.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Teresa; his son, David and his wife, Melissa Schultheis of
Spotswood; his son, Stephen and his wife, Lisa Schultheis of Tinton Falls; his daughter, Faith
Schultheis of Middletown; his daughter, Grace and her husband, Stephen Coerper of Long
Beach, CA. He is also survived and loved by his grandchildren: Craig & Laura Twigg and their
sons, Dillon and Donovan, of Middletown; Stephen & Julie Schultheis of Ocean; Daniel &
Jessica Schultheis and their sons, Dietrich and Hansel, of Eatontown; Matthew Kelleher III, of Helmetta; Caitlyn Schultheis of Tinton Falls; Dr. Christian & Heather Schultheis and their expected son, Henry, of Jackson; Kirsten Schultheis of Middletown, and the soon to be married Greg Schultheis and Deborah
Waldvogel. He is also survived by his nephew, Rev. Jonathan Schultheis, and his wife Celeste
and their children, Samuel and Mia; his nephew Timothy, and his wife, Carmen Schultheis; and
his niece, Esther Schultheis of Keansburg. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Keansburg Pentecostal Church, where our dad loved to worship. at www.keansburgchurch.org
Family will be accepting friends on Friday from 6pm to 9 pm at Keansburg Penecostal Church 180 Carr Ave Keansburg. Saturday at 9 am a gathering will continue at the church and the entombment will follow at Holmdel Cemetery, Holmdel. Arrangments are under the direction of the Jacqueline M. Ryan Home for Funerals 233 Carr Ave. Keansburg.