George “Butch” Shadbolt

Funeral Services for 74-year old George “Butch” Shadbolt of Gordon, NE, are Thurs, June 3, 2021, at 2:00 PM at Winship Park in Gordon.

Visitation is Wed, June 2, from 5 to 8 pm at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon, NE

A memorial has been established for the Gordon Memorial Hospital or the ALS Association and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE 69343.

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George “Butch” William Shadbolt was born February 20, 1947 in Gordon, Nebraska to George William and Amanda Sanders Shadbolt. He passed away May 29, 2021, at the Gordon Memorial Hospital.

He lived a full and captivating 74 years, doing everything from being a bush pilot in Alaska to building a packing plant in South America and all the while establishing a successful ranch at his home in the Sandhills.

Butch grew up attending a one-room schoolhouse on the ranch and graduated from Gordon High School in 1965. Butch attended University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he majored in Ruminant Nutrition and was (probably) the smartest guy in every room until he returned home to (definitely) be the smartest guy on the ranch.

Butch recognized the opportunity his parents made available to him in the cattle ranching business and used his vision and hard work to manage, expand, and pass the same opportunity to his family. While managing the ranch, he also served the community as a board member of banks in the Sandhills and Gordon Memorial Hospital.

Butch managed Shadbolt Cattle Company, but his passions reached beyond ranching.  He loved flying, hunting, fishing, fine wines and searching for arrowheads and fossils.  He could build box corners, break a colt, paint a picture, bake bread and rebuild an engine. 

He had a long list of hidden talents, not the least of these talents was building relationships with people. His uncanny ability to connect with all who knew him will be cherished. He was loved and respected by his family, employees, and especially his beloved pets. Butch was known for his intelligence, curiosity, generosity, and calm demeanor.

He is survived by his wife Diane Shadbolt and daughter Anna Shadbolt; Son Quentin (Angela) Shadbolt, and daughter-in-law Rachel Shadbolt; Grandchildren Jordan (Collin) Sanders, Garrett (Katie) Shadbolt, Josie Shadbolt, Shawna Shadbolt; Sisters Sherrill (Deb Carnell) Shadbolt and Meredith (Art) Brownlee, and his favorite cousin Buck Buckles.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for George “Butch” Shadbolt