MENDOTA - Robert A. Shaddick, 76, of Mendota passed away Jan. 8, 2019 at the Mendota Lutheran Home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at St John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with Rev. Susan Presley officiating. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.
Bob was born March 7, 1942 in Mendota to Lewis and Frieda (Radtke) Shaddick. He married JoAnn Long on Sept. 30, 1967 at Holy Cross Church, Mendota.
Survivors include his wife of Mendota; one son, Christopher (Gwen) of Poplar Grove; one daughter, Amy of Mendota; three grandchildren, Brady, Cassidy and Logan; one brother, Randy (Dawn) Shaddick of Amboy; one sister, Janet Wehmeyer of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ronald; one sister, Joyce; and one brother-in-law, Joe Wehmeyer.
Bob was proud to say he grew up in the great little village of Paw Paw, where he graduated from Paw Paw High School in 1959. He continued his education at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. while on a baseball scholarship. During his time there, he also joined Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After his college days, he entered the U.S. Army and spent most of his time at Fort Riley in Kansas. He also continued to play ball for a number of years. He and JoAnn celebrated 51 years together with parties on many of their major milestone anniversaries. He worked at Conkey’s in Mendota for a number of years and sold insurance for Leffelman & Associates. He was able to round out his work career as a salesman for Black Bros. Co, where he traveled nine states and was able to do his favorite thing - talk to people. He retired in 2008 after 19 years with the company. He was a 50-plus year member of Mendota Elks Lodge 1212, where he also served as exalted ruler. He was also a member of the Mendota Sportsmen’s Club and Ducks Unlimited. In his earlier years, he volunteered his time as a coach for the Mendota Little League and as an Assistant Cubmaster for the Cub Scouts in Mendota. He spent many years hunting various kinds of wildlife and had plenty of stories to tell. He enjoyed golfing at Shady Oaks in Sublette, where he logged more than 35 years golfing with his favorite band of brothers: Gene Schinzer, Larry Leffelman and Gary Zinke. He loved his time at Shady Oaks so much, he was even hired during his retirement to mow the course. During the winter months when it was too cold to golf, he was usually found playing cards at any number of cabins in the Sublette area. People also recognize him as the guy who loved to spin a yarn in the many watering holes around the Greater West Brooklyn area. He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his three grandchildren and taking them out to dinner.
Memorials may be directed to Mendota Area Senior Services or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.