Official Obituary of

Rudolph "Butch" Shady

August 6, 1937 ~ May 30, 2022 (age 84) 84 Years Old

Rudolph "Butch" Shady Obituary

Rudolph “Butch” Shady, age 84, of Ripon, passed away with his family by his side on Monday, May 30, 2022 at his home. Butch was born on August 6, 1937 in Fond du Lac, WI; the son of Melvin “Dick” and Mabel (Redman) Shady. He was united in marriage to his loving wife, Carole McDonald on March 5, 1965 in Antigo, WI. He was a devoted member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Ripon.

Butch is most recognized for his bowling skills and operating of Pin Bowl, Tulip Lanes and Double R Lanes. He has been honored by Fond du lac and Ripon bowling Hall of Fames. His skills earned him many bowling titles. The highest was 1965 Wisconsin State Doubles Championship. He also earned the right to compete on television bowling shows in Green Bay (WBAY and WLUK) and in Milwaukee (Bowling with the Champs). In his career he bowled 15 perfect 300 games. He touched 100’s of kids’ lives with his dedication to operating youth bowling programs in each of the 3 bowling centers. He also gave his time to coach the Ripon American Legion baseball team for six years in the 1980’s. He excelled in baseball having a tryout with the Milwaukee Braves. He was an all-star catcher with Oakfield in the Rock River Amateur baseball league. Trapshooting was another of his passions hitting 100 targets in a row multiple times. But his family remembers him for his unconditional love. His contagious, positive attitude brought smiles to everyone he touched. He loved to tell the world how proud he was of his children and 18 grandchildren and “not a bad one in the bunch.”

Butch is survived by his loving wife, Carole; 4 sons: Kim (Diane) Shady of Ripon; Kevin (Loree) Shady of Fond du Lac; Mark (Nicki) Shady of Brookfield; and Mike (Carrie) Shady of Girard, PA; 2 daughters: Michelle (Paul) Muche of Van Dyne, and Missy (Torry) Kuphal of Fairwater; 18 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother, Roger (Mary) Shady of Oakfield; other relatives and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Mabel; brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Nancy Shady.

A Funeral Liturgy of Word will be held at 6:00pm on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon with Father Jim Leary officiating. Family and friends may visit at the funeral home on Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 3:00pm until the time of the Funeral Mass. Interment will be held at a later date in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Ripon. A memorial is being established in Butch’s name. The family would like to extend a special thank you to SSM Hospice for their care and support. Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon is proudly serving the Shady family during this difficult time.


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June 5, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Divine Passage
175 N Douglas Street
Ripon, WI 54971

Funeral Liturgy
June 5, 2022

6:00 PM
Divine Passage
175 N Douglas Street
Ripon, WI 54971


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