Dr. Howard Mauthe M.D., Watsonville, CA, formerly of Fond du Lac, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2012, in Santa Cruz, CA with his family at his bedside. He was 96.
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Dr. Mauthe was born July 27, 1915, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with additional graduate work at the University of Chicago, obtaining both a M.D. and Ph.D. His various teaching positions included one for Physiology at the University of Michigan in 1940. He served in the Navy during WWII, on the USS Guam. He was trained in aviation medicine and designated a Naval Flight Surgeon.
He moved to Fond du Lac, WI in 1951 and established the Department of Radiology at St. Agnes Hospital. He remained there until his retirement in 1982. During that time, he was on the School Board and City Council, and acted in several plays with the Community Theater. He then moved to Watsonville, CA with his wife, Agatha. Several years before the move, he bought 42 acres of land and built a house on the property. He gained election to the Pajaro Valley Water Board, continued to fly his own plane, and followed his many other interests.
Dr. Mauthe is survived by his children, Howard Mauthe, Martin (Carol) Mauthe, Andrew (Katie) Mauthe, and Daniel (Geri) Mauthe; daughter-in-law, Peggy Meyers; as well as grandchildren Jill Bohnen, Jeanie Champion, and Patrick Mauthe; and three great-grandchildren, Aaron Bohnen, Chad Bohnen, and Christopher Champion. He is also survived by his dear friend, Carole Smith. He will be greatly missed by family is friends. He was married 67 years to his wife, Agatha, who preceded him in death in 2007. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Walter Mauthe and Esther Steckel.
He will be interred at Rienzi Cemetery in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. A private celebration of his life will occur at a later date in Watsonville, CA. Arrangements were entrusted to Mehl's Colonial Chapel.
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on May 17, 2012