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Lemonade Stand Honors Man Who Inspired Many

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     Passionate, inspirational, and a huge personality. That's how loved ones describe a Moline man whose body was recovered from the Mississippi River over the weekend. Flynn Schulz, 33, apparently fell into the water near the Rock Island viaduct leading to arsenal island. His body was recovered near there Sunday. Now, some friends are remembering him in their own ways.
     The quiet Cedarbrook neighborhood in East Moline was getting a lot more traffic than usual Wednesday night. It was all because 9-year-old Lily Tackett was selling some refreshing drinks and hoping to fill up her money jar to honor a very special friend.
     "I like doing lemonade stands and my parents were talking about raising money so I decided to help," said Lily.
      Her table is decorated of pictures of Flynn Schulz who, Lily's parents say, had become somewhat an extension of the family. "Flynn has been a really close family friend for a few years now. We met him through our running group," said Nathan Tackett. 
     "He's come over, played four-square with the kids, always picking Lily up into the air. He loved to pick people up," said Jeni Tackett.
     They say he was very outgoing, adventurous and active in the Quad Cities running community. "His passion was inspiring people and helping people and anything he did. Helping veterans was a big thing he did," added Nathan Tackett.
     A veteran himself, Schulz and other friends formed the organization "Team Never Forgotten" which raises money for veterans causes as part of the races.
     That way of living was an inspiring to young Lily who is among the many who knew Schulz trying to cope with his loss. "Found out about it and it's unbelievable," said Nathan Tackett.
     "Makes me feel sad. And it's around my dad's birthday and it was his best friend," said Lily.
      She plans to give the money raised here to Flynn's parents to help with funeral costs.
     "It was an idea that came into her head. She made a sign and we said absolutely. It's a wonderful idea," said Jeni Tackett. Lily's parents hope it's one of many ways their friend's legacy can live on. Members of his local running group and friends also planned to gather in Moline to read poems and have a balloon release Wednesday night.
     The Rock Island County Coroner's office says the exact cause of death for Flynn Schulz hasn't been determined. The Rock Island Police Department is also investigating.