Shedivy, Paul J.
Paul J. Shedivy passed away peacefully on Nov. 3, 2012, from congestive heart failure, just 3 weeks after his 91st birthday and 69th wedding anniversary.
Paul was born on Oct. 12, 1921, in Two Rivers, WI, to Carolyn (Stangel) and Adolf Shedivy. When he was 2 years old, his mother died during surgery, so Paul and brothers, Archie and Melvin went to live with three separate families, while Addy and Marcy continued to live with their father. Paul's father changed careers from policeman to tavern keeper in order to spend more time with his family, although he died when Paul was 9. Paul was raised lovingly by Aunt Anna and Uncle Rudy Prucha, whose children Butch, Helen, Gladys, and Roger became sisters and brothers to Paul in addition to his original siblings. Paul continued to have close bonds with all of his siblings and their families. Family was important to him.
Paul graduated from Two Rivers High School in 1939. He was a talented athlete, excelling in track, and basketball. He played competitive basketball for the Air Force. He played community league softball through his 60's and managed a community softball team in Whitefish Bay, WI until age 70. He was a big fan of the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Badgers.
At 21, Paul ventured west on Route 66 to attend technical school in California. Soon Mildred Ouradnik (from Kewaunee, WI) joined him and they roomed in houses across the street from each other. Together they rode their bicycles 7 miles to work the swing shift at Lockheed Aircraft Company in Burbank, where Lockheed was producing the Constellation aircraft. Paul and Mildred took a bus to Las Vegas to be married in a Catholic Mass on Paul's 22nd birthday in 1943. Soon, Paul joined the U.S. Air Force
, where he spent two years in Officer Candidate School and Navigation School. He served in Okinawa following WWII
and later flew many bombing missions over Korea. Much later, while stationed in England and France, he flew reconnaissance flights over East Germany. During his 20- year career in the Air Force, Paul moved Mildred to Glendale, CA; Itazuke, Japan; Shreveport, LA; Tuscon, AZ; San Antonio, TX; Orlando, FL; Wichita, KS; Chelveston, England; Toul-Rosieres, France; and Sacramento, CA. Four children were born along the way. When Paul retired from the Air Force in 1964, the family moved back to their Wisconsin roots, settling in Whitefish Bay. He started his second career as a stock broker for the Milwaukee Company, then Robert W. Baird Co. where he retired in 1999 at age 78.
One of Paul's greatest sources of pride was providing a college education for each of his children. He encouraged them to work hard and follow their dreams. He was a great father who loved having the grown kids come home to visit. He loved gathering the family for birthdays and holidays. He loved dancing polkas and waltzes with Mildred. He loved visiting extended family members and friends. He loved coddling his grand children. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards, watching his favorite sports, hearing a good joke, and drinking a cold beer. Paul was an eternal optimist, a stable presence, a kind soul, an honorable gentleman, a patriot.
Paul and Mildred moved to Oregon, WI, in July 2004 to live near their daughters. Unfortunately, that December he suffered a brain injury when knocked to the pavement at a pedestrian crosswalk by a motorist following an Oregon High School basketball game. Surrendering his driver's license because of the brain injury hurt him deeply. Through physical, occupational, and speech therapies, he regained some of his abilities. Paul graciously accepted help from his children as needed. He appreciated rides to the Oregon Senior Center for exercise classes, bridge games, sheepshead, and special events. He enjoyed the company of Romeo, the cat, and the 2 shihtzus, Harley and Shadow. He benefitted from the services of Agrace Hospice. On May 19, 2012, Paul was accompanied by his daughter, Susan, on the Badger Honor Flight to Washington D.C., truly an uplifting experience for him.
Paul is survived by his wife, Mildred (Millie); his children, Jane Sheffy, Susan, Paul (Sandy) and Steve Shedivy; his eight grandchildren, Sara Sheffy (Jon) Hawkins, John (Holly) Sheffy, Kelly (Chris) Calvelli, Dan, Pete, Ali, Maddy, and Walker Shedivy; his four great-grandchildren, Sienna and William Calvelli, Eli Hawkins and Indigo Sheffy; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his Aunt Anna and Uncle Rudy Prucha; his sister, Marcella (Al) Gospodarek; and his brothers, Adolph, Archie (Ann), and Melvin (Gert and Jo).
Funeral Services were held Nov. 10, 2012, at Holy Mother of Consolation Church, Oregon WI.