Dr. Terry J. WatermolenIssue Date: January 17, 2018
Dr. Terry James Watermolen, 71, passed away Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
Born Dec. 19, 1946 in Green Bay, to the late Leland and Lorraine (Goffard) Watermolen, he attended St. Matthew's School and graduated from Abbot Pennings High School in 1965. He attended Marquette University and in 1972 graduated from Marquette University Dental School.
He then moved to San Diego, Ca., where he served as Lieutenant in the United States Navy on active duty until 1974 and spent four more years in the Naval Reserves.
In June of 1974, he started a private dental practice which later became Oak Grove Dental. In his first years in practice, he furthered his education at L.D. Pankey Institute in Florida. He and Larry LaPlant partnered in 1979 and built Oak Grove Professional Building. Besides growing his practice, he and Dr. Jeff Schauder purchased a boat business and grew it into what is known as Mr. Outboard's Watersports Marine. Over the last 20 years, he and Glen Truttmann continued to grow the business together.
Active in the community, he served on the Brown County Library Board of Trustees from 2005-2014, was President of the Board from 2006-2012 and was a lifelong member of the Northeast Wisconsin Dental Study Club.
Devoted to everything he loved, his family was important and brought him much happiness, but his seven grandchildren were his greatest joy.
Summer weekends were spent boating, and winter weekends skiing. He attended his families sporting events and made birthdays and Christmas special.
He loved the family cottage in Crivitz, which became a place of many happy memories, from boating, golf cart rides with the grandchildren, games of sheepshead, bonfires with his sons-in-law, happy hours with his extended family, especially the Gilson crew and much more.
He had many friends he treasured and held close to share stories from the past of grouse hunting weekends, Packer games, vacations together, Canada trips and shenanigans from high school.
He was hard working, dedicated and loyal with the staff and patients of Oak Grove Dental becoming like a second family to him. His sense of humor and compassion for his patients and staff will be missed.
He is survived by his wife, Judy (Jaekels) Watermolen; four children, Todd (Christine) Watermolen, Megan Watermolen (fiance, Tom Simcik), Teryn (Brent) Tilque and Alexandra (Matthew) Hockers; seven grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Jaekels; a sister-in-law, Jan (Gary) Heiden; his wife's family, Jo (Michael) Johnson, Sally (Bill) Jansen, Jeffrey (Anne) Jaekels, Suzy (Beaver) Klinkner, Laurie (Jim) McCartney and Mary Jaekels.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Watermolen; a brother, Lee (Butchy) Watermolen; a sister, Sharon (Bob) Cashman; his father-in-law, Judge John Jaekels and a brother-in-law, Jim Jaekels.
Friends called at Proko Wall Funeral Home in Green Bay on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a parish wake service at 5:30 p.m. Visitation continued on Monday, Jan. 15 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Green Bay from 10 a.m. until time of the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Fr. Tim Schillcox O. Praem officiated with burial in Allouez Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in his name.
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