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Paul Cudd Sr


Paul Cudd, Sr.

Paul Robert Cudd, Sr. was born in a log cabin in Barronett, WI; the fourth of nine children. Paul graduated the Eighth Grade from Morton Corner School in Beldenville, WI. That night his Dad told him his schooling was over, he was needed to work on the farm; consequently, Paul never had the opportunity to participate in organized sports, so for him, it was important for his kids to be involved. Paul encouraged each athlete to do their best and be a part of the team.

Paul enlisted in the Army and was a member of the 11thAirborne serving in the Philippines’ during WW II.  After his service to his country ended, Paul married Janet Wells, from Ellsworth, WI; and from this union had seven children: Randy, Jeff, Pauly, Roxanne, Jill, Penny and Jana.  This resulted in 19 Grandchildren and 21 Great Grandchildren so far. Paul was known as "Grandad" to countless others and was a regular sight in his white pickup with a dog hanging out the window with the bug deflector that read "Here comes Grandad". Paul was an extremely hard worker with his days starting at 5 a.m.   Paul started an excavating company that evolved into Paul Cudd & Son’s, developed Cudd's Mobile Home Court and Cudd's Quarry and was very active in community service projects.  Paul was a founding member of the River Falls S.P.C.A. (Humane Society), a member of Moose Lodge, Lion’s Club,American Legion post 121, The Ezekiel Lutheran Church, Wrestling Booster's Club, Quarterback Club, Emergency Corps. (He was on the sidelines for all Wildcat and Falcon football games) and in many parades, Cubmaster for Pack 54 for 8 years and he helped finance and constructed the scoreboard at Ramer Field (his initials are welded onto the frame). In the 1970's Paul saw a need for a regulation size slow pitch softball field, because a simple "pop-up" at the Glen Park field went over the fence, so Paul, with the help from "the Kids" built and financed a field on his own property and that field is still being used today by the River Falls community.

"Grandad" loved  watching and supporting all sports; it didn't matter if it was home or away matches, games or meets Paul was always in the stands, if you didn't see him you could definitely hear him. He would fly home from Florida to attend the State Wrestling Tournaments and his voice could be picked out from the radio broadcasts above the roar of the crowd. Paul also contributed to the team anyway he could; his equipment was used to build the Homecoming Bonfires and hoist the Outhouse to the top, his trucks and trailers transported many floats in parades, most memorable being the victory parade when the Wildcat's defeated Durand in football in 1970!

Grandad's Fund was established at RFHS to offer kid's the opportunity to play scholastic sports when it would have been financially impossible otherwise.  The Wildcat Wrestling Hall of Fame was named in his honor and we know he would be extremely proud to be inducted into the Wildcat Hall of Fame.