Born to eternal life, on December 20, 2020 at the age of 87. Adoring husband of 62 years to Beverly (nee Pelot). Loving father and inspiration to Dr. Mark (Susan) Gloudeman and Dr. Janet (Dr. Robert) Frederick. Proud grandfather to Lauren, Matt, Nick, Julia Gloudeman and Nicole, Andrew Frederick. Preceded in death by his parents and only sibling, Dr. Maurice Gloudeman.
Gene was born and raised in Beaver Dam to Ida and Bernard Gloudeman. The youngest son of a butcher, Gene worked his way through Marquette University undergrad and dental school, graduating in 1958. He married the love of his life, Bev, and enlisted as a Captain in the army’s dental corps. They were stationed in Fort Hood, TX where Gene developed and became proficient in the newly recognized branch of Endodontics. Gene became the first Wisconsin dentist to sub specialize in Endodontics and became a charter member of the Endodontic Association of America. He devoted over 30 years to dentistry, building his solo practice into Endodontic Associates in Wauwatosa, with four colleagues and eventually a satellite office in Waukesha. Marquette University held a special place in his life. He participated in many Al’s Runs, was a generous supporter, loved attending MU games and was proud to delegate every Thursday from his private practice to be an associate faculty member in Marquette's Endodontics Dept, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with his students.
In addition to his focus on family, Gene had many interests including running, staying fit, and travel. No matter where our vacations took us, we always seemed to bump into one of Gene’s patients who recognized and greeted him! Skiing was also a sport he loved; there was nothing better than a sunny spring day skiing out west as a family. He and Beverly loved to travel the world and shared a passion for wine tasting and collecting. They only had a few short years after his retirement to enjoy adventures together until her Parkinson's took over.
Gene will be remembered for his energy, smile, enthusiasm and for his dedication to his dental practice and patients, Catholic faith, children and most importantly Beverly. He was an extremely devoted husband and sole care giver to her until his devastating stroke in 2017. He struggled and fought through many ups and downs until the end. Even then, he was always concerned for her happiness and comfort due to her difficulties with Parkinson's. Gene lived what he preached, was an incredible role model and father and we will greatly miss him.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the entire staff of St. Camillus for the compassionate and loving care that has been given to both Gene and Bev.
Plans for a celebration of life service will be forthcoming later this year.In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to either The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the Order of St Camillus Foundation Fund (Wauwatosa, WI) in memory of Eugene Gloudeman for the hospice and skilled nursing caregivers.
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