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V. Bruce Shattuck

May 14, 1919 January 20, 2013
V. Bruce Shattuck
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V. Bruce Shattuck, 93, resident of Frederic, WI, died peacefully Sunday, January 20, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.


Bruce Shattuck was born on May 14, 1919 to Mable Helander and Louis Shattuck in Blue River, Wisconsin. Bruce grew up in Clinton, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Clinton High School. He attended college at Whitewater State College where he earned his degree in Education, and was an outstanding athlete competing on the football, track, and basketball teams. His many athletic accomplishments and awards ultimately led to the honor of being inducted into the UW Whitewater Hall of Fame in 1999. He came to Frederic to teach Math and Science in 1941. Bruce enlisted in the service in 1942 with the 8th Army-Air Force and served at an air base near London in the WWII European conflict until its end in 1945. He married Marion Korbel in 1946, who had also attended Whitewater. Bruce brought his young bride back to Frederic to make that their home forever. Bruce loved teaching, and taught for the Frederic Schools until 1982 when he took his retirement from teaching science, math and coaching basketball, baseball, football and track field. Through his teaching and coaching, Bruce touched the lives of hundreds (actually thousands) of students, and always sought, by his example and words, to teach important life-lessons as well as the subject matter.


Bruce and Marion, with their two sons, Jim and Jerry, enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, camping, and playing sports to the max. The back yard was a gathering place of neighborhood kids. Goal posts in the fall gave way to hockey on the pond, and the spring saw the swing-set converted into a whiffle-ball backstop. The driveway was always painted with a free-throw lane and the garage sported the famed “pee wee bucket”. Bruce was not just a coach on the field and court, but a model for young people, where respect and sportsmanship were paramount in all the games played under his guidance.


Bruce was very active his entire life, playing town-team sports, bicycling (until his 80’s). In addition, he also started cross-country skiing at the age of 60, and completed 15 Korteloppets (17 mile race). Bruce was well known for inventing an uncountable number of games and activities for all the children of friends and family.


Bruce was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, William Richard. He is survived by his wife, Marion Alice Shattuck; his two sons, Jim (Kathy) of Trego, Wisconsin, and Jerry (Bonnie) of Middleton, Wisconsin; Six grandchildren, Alexia (Jamin) Miles of Brookfield Wisconsin, Thomas Shattuck of Denver, Colorado, Michael Shattuck of Madison, Wisconsin, Kelly (Brad) Meinholz of Middleton, Wisconsin, Dawn (Bill) Young of Oregon, Wisconsin, and Jennifer (Mike) Grudzinski of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin; Seven great grandchildren, Henry, Alex, Isabel, Luca, Christopher, Olivia, and Sydney.


If you wish to express your feelings with some type of gift, donations could be made to the Spooner Regional Hospice at 819 Ash Street, Spooner, WI 54801 or a gift could be made to the family directly.


A memorial gathering for friends and family will be held at Bean’s Country Griddle, 101 Oak Street East, in Frederic on Saturday January 26, 2013 from 4pm - 6pm. Bruce’s ashes will be interned at the Spooner Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in the late spring with the date to be determined.


Online condolences may be left at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com. Please continue to check these websites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475.


Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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