Obituary: Rudolph Alfred Schade
Rudolph Alfred Schade, 86, passed away March 24, 2012, in East Wenatchee.
He was a resident of the Methow Valley for more than 70 years, having first come to the area in 1941.
Rudy was born Dec. 3, 1925, in Spokane, Wash., to Rudolph J. and Anna M. Schade. He spent his early years in Spokane. He met his wife, Shirley Anne Mantei, in Twisp. They were married Jan. 6, 1949, in Spokane and made their home between Twisp and Carlton.
Rudy served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a signalman and was discharged in 1946. He was a Ham radio operator and radio and television repairman. For a while, he had an apple orchard and raised honeybees. He bought himself a guitar while in his teens and taught himself to play. He enjoyed music by Roy Acuff and Gene Autrey, among others, and later played a lot of Jim Reeves music. Two family favorites where “Billy Bayou” and “Snowflake.” He played country western with other performers at various times. In 1947-48 you would hear him and Tony Barneycastle, known as “The Methow Valley Boys,” on the Omak radio station. Later his group was “Rudy Schade and the Boys” and then with Albert Ames and Bob Stephens they became “The Cascade Country Boys.” They played many benefit dances and on weekends they played in Twisp and Winthrop. In the 1990s, he played at “jam sessions” with a small group of friends at the Methow Cafe. He was also a craftsman. He built a guitar and banjo for himself and made small toys and puzzles to sell and for his children and grandchildren.
Rudy is survived by his children, Rudolph E. Schade, Barbara Cawood, Diane Schade, John Schade, Kenneth Schade, and Glenn Schade; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Shirley; his parents and siblings.
A memorial service will be in June.
Precht Harrison Nearents Funeral Chapel is caring for all the arrangements.