Clem Schultz' life was ripped apart along with the rest of Fairdale, Illinois last Thursday when a deadly tornado tore through the small town. After the tornado passed, Schultz dug his way out of the resulting rubble and debris. He found his wife's body -- without a pulse.
"I had to leave her behind but I knew there wasn't anything I could do for her," the 84-year-old told The Chicago Tribune.
His wife, Geraldine Schultz, 67, was one of two people who died, along with their neighbor and friend, Jacklyn Klosa.
But Clem Schultz did find some light among all the destruction. The family dog, Missy, was found and reunited with him just two days later.
His grandson, Tyler Rowan, told NBC Chicago, "She was really happy to see my Grandpa and my Grandpa was extremely happy to see her. He hasn't let go of her since he's gotten her."
In another tiny stroke of luck, Clem Schultz heard Monday that a resident around 35 miles away had found a cherished photo of Clem and Geraldine Schultz taken 25 years ago. "It brings back a lot of memories," Clem Schultz told WGN News.
The family who found the photo posted it on a Facebook page set up to reunite items lost in the tornado with their rightful owners. A Facebook page has also been set up to follow the family's journey and to allow people to donate to a GoFundMe page to help Clem rebuild his life.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tornado.