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Stephen F. “Rat” Shudak

January 12, 1949 February 11, 2020
Stephen F. “Rat” Shudak
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Obituary for Stephen F. “Rat” Shudak

Stephen Francis “Rat” Shudak, 71, was born, January 12, 1949 in Council Bluffs to Frank and Neva (Burke) Shudak.

After a short stint at Thomas Jefferson High School, he graduated from St. Albert in 1967 where his claim to fame was hitting the first homerun after the new baseball field was built. It is his only record still standing at St. Albert. He later went to Buena Vista College for a year to play football, but he missed the love of his life who was back home. He transferred to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He married Jan Wettengel on July 12, 1969. He graduated with a teaching degree, but the railroad was calling his name. It paid more money to support his growing family of two daughters, Christine and Cynthia, who were born 11 months apart. In 1980, the railroad took them to the exotic location of Fremont, NE. They stayed in Fremont until moving to Elkhorn, NE in 2005. After a stellar 40 year career at UPRR, where he made many lifelong friends and achieved the title of Locomotive Manager, he officially retired in 2009. In his retirement, Steve enjoyed golfing, playing keno with his west end buddies and watching his grandkids in their numerous activities.

He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of 38 years, Jan; parents, Frank and Neva and father-in-law, Paul Wettengel.

Survivors include daughters, Chris Shudak, Cindy (Dana) Janssen; grandchildren, Alex, Jordan and Jett Janssen; Taylor, Tanner and Taryn Stern; siblings and their spouses, Dan (Joyce) Shudak, Janet (Mark) McGruder, Karen (Jeff) Tucker, Mike (Stacey) Shudak, Laura (Bill) Meis, Marty (Suzanne) Shudak, Jeff (Trudy) Shudak; mother-in-law, Pat Wettengel; too many Wettengel’s to name; many nieces, nephews, friends and girlfriend, Liz Collins.

Steve will be laid to rest with wife, Jan, at St. Joseph Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at Holy Family Catholic Church.


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Visitation

Sunday

16

Feb

6:00 PM 2/16/2020 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/16/2020 8:00:00 PM
Corpus Christi - Holy Family Church

2231 Avenue B
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Rosary beginning at 7:00 PM

Corpus Christi - Holy Family Church
2231 Avenue B Council Bluffs 51501 IA
United States

Funeral Mass

Monday

17

Feb

11:00 AM 2/17/2020 11:00:00 AM
Corpus Christi - Holy Family Church

2231 Avenue B
Council Bluffs, IA 51501

Steve will be laid to rest with wife Jan at St.Joseph Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at Holy Family.

Corpus Christi - Holy Family Church
2231 Avenue B Council Bluffs 51501 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph Cemetery Final Resting Place

E. Pierce Street/McPherson Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

E. Pierce Street/McPherson Avenue Council Bluffs 51503 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

UNMC Cancer Research

St. Albert Schools

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