Shimek, Rodney L. "Tubby"
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Rodney L. "Tubby" Shimek, age 80, of 1510 Main St., Kellnersville, died Thursday afternoon, March 28, 2013 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, Green Bay, surrounded by his loving family.
Rodney was born July 9, 1932, to the late Edwin "Tacky" and Alvina (Fogeltanz) Shimek. He attended grade school in Kellnersville and was a graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School with the class of 1950 where he excelled on the baseball diamond under long-time coach, Frank Granitz. From 1947 to 1952, he played with Kellnersville in the Manitowoc County Baseball League which won four championships and competed in state tournament play. He also played with the Manitowoc Braves in the Northern States League; and was a member of the Two Rivers Polar Bears in 1950 and 1951. While playing baseball when stationed in Japan, (1952-54) as a member of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, an injury forced him to become a softball player. He was an accomplished fastpitch softball player, playing the infield, and also pitcher for many area fastpitch teams; he later enjoyed playing many years of slowpitch softball. Tubby also coached little league baseball, umpired, and started girls' fastpitch softball in Kellnersville. He also started the Over-30 Labor Day Tournament which was held for many years at the Kellnersville Betterment Park. Tubby is enshrined in the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame and Kenny's Club Hall of Fame. He was an original member of the Old Timers Baseball Group; the Boy's Club from Lincoln High; and the Kellnersville Betterment Association. He is also a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Cato VFW Post 6179, and a devout lifetime member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Tubby married the former Mary Ellen Watzka on August 11, 1956 in Glenmore. She preceded him in death on March 27, 1998. The couple farmed in the Kellnersville area their entire life. Tubby was also a well known livestock dealer and butcher.
Survivors include his seven children: Jerry Shimek, Two Rivers, Theresa Shimek, Manitowoc, Dan Shimek of Manitowoc & special friend, Barb Becker, Tim and Christine Shimek, Kellnersville, Wendy and Rick Rabenhorst, Denmark, Jody and James Wojciechowski, Sussex, Mary Jo and Tracy Tisdale, Kaukauna; fourteen grandchildren: MacKenzie, Tony, Mark & Brittany, Jason, Jamie & special friend, Justin, Jessica & Josh, Tyler, Carlee, Taylor, Erin, Alex, Ryan, Autumn, and Owen; and five great grandchildren: Emily, Howie, Julia, Jaden, and Jordyn. He is further survived by brothers-in-law & sisters-in-law, Madeline Euehler, Wausau, Rita Suster, Denmark, Delbert Watzka, Green Bay, Sheldon (Mary) Watzka, Sheboygan; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mary Ellen, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Louise Shimek; two brothers & sisters-in-law, Floyd and Millie Shimek, Norman and Amelia "Pat & Dolly" Shimek; three nephews; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Kellnersville. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Ronald Columbo, with burial to follow in the parish cemetery. Military graveside rites will accorded by members of the Cato VFW Post 6179 of Kellnersville.
Friends may call at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Kellnersville, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013. A parish prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m., led by Sister Gerri. Visitation will continue Tuesday morning, after 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass at 11:00 a.m.
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St., Two Rivers is assisting the Shimek family with funeral arrangements.
The Shimek family would like to extend special thanks to the staffs of Manitowoc Health & Rehabilitation Center, River's Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Aurora Medical Center for their compassionate care and kindness. A heartfelt thank you also to the many special friends of Dad's (too numerous to mention) who were their to assist him when needed.
Deja and Martin Funeral Chapel
1506 18th Street Two Rivers, WI 54241
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2013